How to Ged Rid of and Dispose of Old Paint

July 06, 20243 min read

“Let's keep our planet happy and healthy for future generations.”


Got Old Paint? Here's How to Ditch It Responsibly!

Hey there friends! Ever found yourself staring at those old paint cans, scratching your head and wondering what on earth to do with them? You're not alone! Many of us hit this roadblock, but don't worry - we've got your back. We care about our community and our planet, so we're here to guide you through the eco-friendly way to dispose of your old paint. Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or looking to call in the pros, this guide is just what you need.

Why Safe Paint Disposal Matters

First off, why should you care about how you get rid of that paint? Well, paint can be packed with chemicals that aren't great for the environment. If paint finds its way into landfills, those chemicals can seep into the ground and even contaminate our water. By disposing of paint safely, we're all doing our part to keep our planet happy and healthy for future generations.

Here are 9 Tips on how to best dispose of that paint sitting in your garage and attic.

Know Your Paint: Latex vs. Oil-based

Before we jump into disposal tips, let's talk paint types. Knowing what you’re dealing with makes a world of difference:

  • Latex Paint: Water-based and relatively low in harmful chemicals, making it easier to dispose of.

  • Oil-Based Paint: Contains solvents and other nasties that need special care when tossing out.

How to Say Goodbye to Latex Paint

Got some leftover latex paint? Here’s how to part ways responsibly:

  • Dry It Out: If there's just a smidge left, pop the lid and let it dry out completely.

  • Cat Litter Trick: For more substantial amounts, mix in some cat litter to speed up the drying process.

Once dry, you can typically toss it in the regular trash - but always double-check with your local waste management just to be sure.

What About the Peskier Oil-based Paint

Oil-based paint is a bit trickier due to its toxic ingredients:

  • Never Pour It Down the Drain: Seriously, don’t do it. It’s bad for your plumbing and the planet.

  • Hazardous Waste Facility: The best bet for safe disposal. They’ll handle it right.

Recycle and Reuse: The Greener Way

Did you know your old paint can be recycled? Many communities offer paint recycling programs, giving that old paint a second life and reducing waste. It’s a win-win!

Tips to Reduce Paint Waste

As your friendly neighborhood painting experts, here are our top tips to minimize waste:

  • Buy What You Need: Measure twice, buy once! Avoid over-purchasing to start with.

  • Store Smart: Seal those cans tightly and stash them in a cool, dry place for future touch-ups.

  • Donate Leftovers: Schools, theater groups, and other community organizations often welcome paint donations.

Storing Leftover Paint Right

If you decide to keep some paint for later, here’s how to store it safely:

  • Cool and Dry: Keep it in a cool, dry spot away from direct sunlight.

  • Label It: Mark those cans with the color and the room it was used in. Future you will be thankful!

Know the Rules and Regulations

Different places have different rules. Make sure to check with your local waste management authority or visit their website for specific paint disposal guidelines in Des Moines and surrounding areas.

Community Events

How about organizing a community paint collection event? It’s a fantastic way to ensure everyone disposes of paint safely and a great excuse to connect with your neighbors.

We Can Help

Zoab Painting don’t just handle your painting projects—we can help with paint disposal too! Give us a call at 844-722-4888 for more info and to get a free estimate for your next project.

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Contact Zoab Painting today for a free estimate and let us help you make your home shine this summer! Call us at (844) 722-4888 or visit our website at

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