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Paints and Solvents


Paints and Solvents


These substances can be among the more toxic products we have in our homes. Many paints contain heavy metals such as cadmium. Oil-based paints and paint thinners are made with solvents that evaporate easily, giving off harmful fumes.

If you have old paints around, they may contain lead, and are therefore Household Hazardous Waste. They are collected on our HHW days.

Reusable Building Materials Exchanges -- such as Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at the Maggio Plaza on County Road 29 north of Brockville -- may accept used paint.

Paint brought into Household Hazardous Waste depots is often blended, or remanufactured into new product. Consider buying remanufactured or blended paint when it’s available. Or, you can list leftover paint here on Brockville Reuses.

Latex paints contain fewer toxic substances than oil-based paints, and do not require solvents for thinning and clean up. However they can still be hazardous. The best choice is organic paints, made entirely from plant materials. However at present, these are difficult to find. Try to buy only as much paint as you need to do the job. Pass leftovers on to someone else to use. Buy only what you need. Here’s a Paint Calculator that helps you figure out the quantity needed to paint an area.

In cooperation with Stewardship Ontario, Home Depot and Rona are now offering paint recycling. Eligible paints include latex, alkyd, enamel, metal and rust, stain, urethane, polyurethane, varnish and sealers for wood and concrete. Empty cans are not accepted and should be recycled in your Blue Box. Drop off your paint free of charge at:

Rona Cashway
550 Stewart Blvd

Home Depot
2120 Parkedale Ave

Disposal Options


Phone: 613-342-8714