So what TYPE of Paint are you working with?
The first step when dealing with paint is separating the types of paint you have. This will help determine the toxicity of the paint and the associated steps necessary for proper and environmentally responsible disposal. Most households use latex paint, wood stains, deck sealants, oil-based paint (typically for metal applications and high traffic areas) and the "clean up chemicals".
How can you tell?
On the paint can label there are a few lines about “Clean-up”. If you can use soap and water to wash up spills or clean your brush: that’s a water-based paint (typically Latex). If you need any type of chemical to wash up spills or clean your brush: it falls on the side of oil-based paint.
We are happy to provide Lake County residents with options for the proper disposal of household chemical waste including wood stains, deck sealants, oil-based paints and the "clean up chemicals". However, Latex Paint is NOT a Hazardous Waste.
Please check out the Latex Paint Disposal Page for alternate methods of disposal and additional details.
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