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Latex Paint

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Latex-based paints are not hazardous waste; however, liquid latex paint may not be disposed of in solid waste containers (i.e. dumpsters or trash cans) or in storm drains.  Old latex-based paints may be consolidated into larger containers for disposal cost savings.  Small quantities remaining in cans may be air dried before disposal.

If the paint in the can is completely dry, it may be disposed of in the trash.

Dried rags and paintbrushes that are contaminated with latex-based paints only may also be disposed of in the trash.

The rinsate water from the cleaning of rags and brushes contaminated with latex paints must be disposed of in a drain that goes directly to the wastewater treatment plant- no latex paint rinsate may go to the storm water drains or to the ground.

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