Latex Paint Disposal

Latex Paint Disposal

Latex paint is not accepted at the recycle center, household hazardous waste programs, or landfills (unless it is dried).

In 2014, a law passed requiring paint manufacturers to establish a paint stewardship program in Colorado. This means that you can now recycle your latex paint at participating dealers paid for by a fee that is collected at the point of sale for every can of paint! For more information on how this works, locations, and regulations please visit Paint Care Colorado

The following businesses in Durango accept latex paint:

Kroegers Ace Hardware
8 Town Plaza
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-0660

Sherwin Williams
400 S Camino Del Rio 
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-4800

Colors Inc
166 Bodo Dr
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 382-0003

Other ways to dispose of your latex paint include:

For small quantities of paint from a household only

  • Waste household latex paint should be dried out so it can be disposed of by your trash disposal company. The paint must be dried out because landfills aren't allowed to accept liquid wastes.

For less than a quarter-can:

1. Remove the lid and let the paint dry outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from potential ignition sources, children and pets.

  • Periodic stirring may be necessary.

2. Once the paint's dry, leave the lid off of the can so your trash hauler can see the paint's dry and put it the trash.

For more than a quarter-can

1. Mix the paint with cat litter or other clay-based absorbent in a plastic tray, bucket or a box lined with a plastic trash bag until the absorbent is moist, but not dripping.

2. Set the mixture outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from potential ignition sources, children and pets.

3. Allow to dry.

  • If you have more paint, you can repeat this procedure in layers.

4. Wrap the dried absorbent in the trash bag and put it in your trash.

Some paint retailers sell a product specifically designed to dry paint in the can. Check with your local paint or hardware store.

  • Once dry, leave the lid off of the can so your trash hauler knows the paint is dry and place it in the trash.
  • Empty paint cans also can be placed in the trash.
  • Leave the lids off of the cans so your trash hauler can tell they're empty and/or dried out.