Frequent Questions

How should consumers and homeowners dispose of paint?

See Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): "EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.” 

Federal law allows disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) in the trash, but for other options contact your local HHW collection facility/recycling center for guidance on proper disposal. To locate a HHW collection facility/recycling center, use the Earth911.com search engine.  Exit

You may also contact your respective Hazardous Waste Program and State Environmental Agency.

Also see Indoor Air Quality: Painting to learn how to reduce other health and environmental risks while remodeling.

If you suspect that dried paint chips or dust may contain lead, review information in protecting your family from lead.

If you have further questions please use the Wastes Frequent Questions and contact portal.

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