Disposing of Old Paint
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Disposing of Old Paint
When we bought our house, the old owners left a bunch of
paint cans, some half-full in a closet. I would like to
dispose of them in the most environmental way & get that
space back.. Is there a recycling or disposal facility that
accepts paint cans? Thank You!
If you live in Alameda County, you can take paint/paint cans
and other hazardous waste to the Alameda County Household
Hazardous Waste Program. They have a drop-off location next
door to Pump It Up on East 7th Street in Oakland, as well as
a couple others. It's super easy - you don't even have to
get out of your car. See http://www.household-hazwaste.org/
For other options, search under Where Can I Recycle |
Hazardous Materials | Paint - Latex or Paint - Oil Based at
http://stopwaste.org (a fabulous recycling resource, if you
don't know about it already). JP
Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities are
described here: http://stopwaste.org/home/index.asp?page=293
stopwaste.org is the place to look for such issues, from
composting to battery disposal and electronics recycling.
Just be sure to check hours before you go -- they are very
I assume from your post that you don't want to keep them for
future touch-ups. If the paint isn't that old, you can post
it free on BPN marketplace, craigslist, or freecycle. If
that's not an option, and it's acrylic ('latex'), I'm not
sure what the current process is - probably depends on your
city's garbage/recycling collector. Call them. If they are
alkyd ('oil') paints, they need to go to hazardous waste
collection (and previous owners should have taken care of
that!) - each county has at least oneplace you can do that.
I am looking for someone who will haul quite a few old paint
cans- some with paint in them, and dispose of them legally. The
commercial haulers won't take it and I want to make sure it
isn't dumped somewhere.
Too many paint cans
If you are in Alameda County, and you can fit them in your car,
there is Waste Management disposal site in Hayward that you can
take them to (open Thursdays and Fridays, check the WM website).
As far as I know there is no limit on what they will take.
You can dispose of old paint cans for free through Alameda
County by dropping it off at one of their sites. Here is the
website with info.:
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