• Oil-based paints
  • Oil-based stains
  • Glazes or other treatments
  • Wall or wood repair
  • Wallpaper solutions
  • Adhesives
  • Paint thinners
  • Turpentine
  • Mineral spirits or other solvents
  • Leftover Latex paints


Leftover paint can be given to someone who has a need for the product. Contact neighbors, friends, relatives, churches, theatrical groups, high schools, recreation departments or community service organizations. Many of these groups are pleased to accept “free” paint. Make sure that any product you donate is in its original container with the label intact. Latex paints can be left to dry by removing the lid and allowing the leftover product to dry. This should be done in an area away from children and animals. Allow the remaining paint to dry completely. Leave the lid off the can so that your waste hauler can see that the paint is hardened.)

Paint Purchasing

When purchasing paint remember to estimate the proper amount needed for the job. Buy only what you need. Always be sure to read the label, which contains important information regarding the product. The easiest way for you to dispose of leftover paint is to use it all up. Apply a second coat or touch-up areas that need improvement.

Oil-based paints are ignitable and present particular hazards. These products should be disposed of as a household hazardous waste.


Paint thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits and solvents can often be reused. Let the used brush cleaners sit in a closed container until the particles settle out. Then pour off the clear liquid, which can be reused. Add an absorbent (i.e. cat litter) to the remaining residue and let it dry completely.