Recycling & Reusing Options
If the paint cannot be used, then contact a local high school drama department, charity, or church to see if they accept paint. However, some restrictions apply, e.g., certain sites may only accept full cans of paint. Latex paint can be recycled or reblended.
If the paint cannot be used up, given away, or recycled, then read and follow the product's label for the manufacturer's instructions on proper disposal.
Empty Paint Cans
Contact Hall County Resource Recovery at 770-535-8284 for current information on recycling of empty paint cans. If it cannot be recycled, then the empty container can be disposed of in a landfill.
Full Cans Of Paint
Under state law, solidified paint can be legally disposed of in a permitted, Subtitle D landfill. To solidify full cans of paint, pour half the paint into a paper bag or box and mix with an absorbent material (i.e., cat box filler, shredded newspaper, or sawdust) to absorb all free liquids and allow the mixture to harden. Place the box or bag with solidified paint in the landfill. Mix absorbent material with the remaining paint left in the can to absorb all free liquids and allow the mixture to harden. Then discard the can in the landfill.
Partially Full Cans Of Paint
To solidify cans that are less than half full, pour enough absorbent material into the can to absorb all free liquids. The can of solidified paint may then be disposed of in the landfill. Under state law, solidified paint can be legally disposed of in a permitted, Subtitle D landfill. Small quantities of latex paint (i.e., paint in paint brushes) can be poured slowly down an inside drain with a large amount of additional water. However, paint should not be poured down an inside drain if connected to a septic system.
Paint should not be poured down outside drains, into a storm sewer, or on the ground. This may cause groundwater contamination and/or problems with the septic system or wastewater treatment plant.
Dry and harden paint and paint cans in a well ventilated area, away from children and pets.