What to do with it when you're done with it
arrowstep 2step3
Recycle your Paints and Solvents

Step 1: Your Community is

Step 2: Your Selection is

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 should go to HHW depots. Reusable Building Materials Exchanges -such as Habitat for Humanity s Reuse Stores- may accept used paint. Many municipalities now sponsor "Paint Exchanges" where you can drop off or pick up free leftover paints, stains and other coatings (subject to availability). 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 on your area s Residential Materials Exchange, here at www.Livingston.Reuses.com. 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. To buy only what you need, here s a Paint Calculator that helps you figure out the quantity needed to paint an area: here

Disposal Options

Habitat for Humanity Home Center Resale Store

Phone: (810) 220-9986

Links for Livingston County Waste Reduction and HHW
County Links to Three R's sources