Proper Paint Disposal

Can I put paint in my dumpster rental?

While many of us are taking this time off to clean out our garages and sheds, one question that we are asked regularly is if we are able to accept paint in our dumpsters. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept paint unless the can has been dried out. The reason for this is quite simple; paint is considered a toxic/hazardous material and is not able to be disposed of at the local dump unless several steps are taken for proper paint disposal.

How to Safely Dispose of Paint

In order to properly dispose of latex paint so you can toss it in your dumpster rental, just follow a few easy steps recommended by Lowe’s:

  1. Add equal parts kitty litter to paint in the can. If the can is more than half-way full, you can pour it into a different container. If there is a very small amount, you can simply remove the lid and let it dry on its own.
  2. Stir in the kitty litter and allow it to thicken so that it will not spill. It should sit for about an hour.
  3. Throw the dried paint in the can and in the garbage. As always, keep paints and other hazardous materials out of reach of children and pets.

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Other Options for Proper Paint Disposal

Another option is to purchase a commercial paint hardener which can be found in hardware stores or online. If you have oil-based paint or would prefer to donate the paint, you can simply drop it off here in Pinellas County and here in Hillsborough County. Just be sure to call ahead to confirm hours of operation prior to arrival as some sites are closed due to COVID-19.

 Should you have any questions about what other items are prohibited from the dumpster, please feel free to call us at 727-475-1080 where one of our expert dumpster consultants is able to assist.