What to Do with Leftover Paint

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There are some simple solutions to the problem of leftover paint: keep painting, paint something else, give it away, or store it. But, sometimes you just want to get rid of it.

Oil-based (alkyd) paints should not be thrown in the normal trash because they are hazardous waste. This document is written for the Chicago area but will give tips on who to contact in any area for disposal of this type of paint.

Latex paint (also known as water-based or acrylic paint) has a very low level of toxicity, but still should not be thrown in the trash as is. Download this document to learn tips for:

  • Storing leftover paint
  • Disposing of oil-based paints
  • Disposing of latex paints

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