If you think getting rid of paint is as easy as tossing that can in the garbage, STOP! Wet paint is absolutely not allowed in your trash. Because paint can be toxic, we (and all other trash collection companies) do not accept liquid paint in our receptacles.
However, that does not mean you’re stuck with old paint cans piling up to the ceiling your garage! Dried-out paint can be placed in your trash can for normal garbage collection.
We recommend you use one of two easy ways to dry out old paint:
- Remove the lid from the paint can. Pour in kitty litter. Allow to dry for at least one hour or until solid.
- Use a paint hardening product. Available at home improvement stores under brand names such as Krud Kutter and Homax, these products can be added to wet paint to dry it out. The paint will dry and harden in approximately 30 minutes.
Remember, always keep paint out of reach of children; if you’re in the process of drying out cans of paint, you still need to make sure they are not accessible to kids.
Have questions about how to get rid of paint? Want to ask if another item can be safely disposed of? Just call the Advantage Disposal team at your convenience. We’re here to be your garbage pickup resource!