If you can’t use up your paint or give it to someone who can, then dispose of it properly.

To dispose of latex paint:

  • Dry it out and throw it in your regular trash. 
  • For small quantities, take off the lid (away from children and pets) and let it dry. 
  • For larger quantities, mix kitty litter or saw dust in it and let dry, or pour layers on newspapers in a cardboard box, allowing each layer to dry. 
  • Be sure to take the lid off when you discard latex paint in the trash so waste handlers know it’s dry. 

To dispose of oil-based paint: