How to Recycle Paint

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If a local paint recycling program is available, you can recycle excess paint so that others can use it and it won't harm end up in landfills or waterways. Recycled paint is reprocessed or reblended and then resold.

  • Gather all the paint you no longer need.

  • Identify a local paint-recycling center by contacting your county or city recycling coordinator or by searching "paint recycling" online. Inquire about which types of paints are accepted in the program.

  • Take your remaining paint to the recycling center or schedule a pick-up if the option is available in your area.

  • Inquire about recycling your old steel paint cans; many recycling centers also recycle paint cans.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a small quantity of paint on hand for touch-ups; store paint in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep in mind that you can purchase recycled paint for future projects. Several major paint manufacturers offer blends that include recycled paint.
  • Never dump excess paint down drains or into gutters where it can pollute waterways and harm wildlife.

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