Paints and coatings

Businesses that use paints and coatings must dispose of these dangerous wastes correctly. If your business uses paint booth filters, learn how to test them for dangerous waste when it's time to change them.

Types of paint products that could be dangerous waste are:

  • Solvent-based and water-based paints
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Paint booth filters

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Not a business?

If you are a household or individual looking for ways to recycle household paint, please go to 1-800-RECYCLE or visit the paint stewardship program.

What paints and coating are dangerous waste?

Can paints and coating be recycled?

Some waste solvents and paint thinners can be recycled. Recycling can save you product and disposal costs. If your solvents or thinners can be recycled, you may do so on site or at a recycling facility.

Recycle paints with PaintCare

Some businesses can take advantage of a paint stewardship program called PaintCare to recycle certain types of paint.

Use of the program depends on your generator status and type of paint (some types are accepted only from small quantity generators (SQGs)):

  • Latex paint: Accepted from all.
  • Oil-based paint: SQGs only.
  • Paints that designate: SQGs only.

PaintCare does not accept all paints.
Check their website for a list of products PaintCare accepts and to find the nearest dropoff location

Have more than 100 gallons?
The program also offers pick-up service.

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