The Pierce County Recycling Center will accept latex paint ONLY for a fee of $1.00 per container.
If it is already dried up and doesn't contain lead, mercury or other toxic substances, toss it in the garbage. Latex paints can be dried out and tossed in the garbage. (Empty paint cans, can be recycled with tin cans.) Save liquid paint for the Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Collection.
Suggestion: Purchase paint according to the quantity needed for a project. See if a friend, relative, neighbor, art class or theater group can use the unused portion.
Latex Paint Drying Techniques
For small amounts: Remove the lid and let the paint dry in the can. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Or, brush paint in layers on newspaper or cardboard.
For lager amounts: Pour one-inch layers of paint into a cardboard box lined with plastic. Allow the paint to dry one layer at a time – thin layers will speed up the drying process. Or, mix paint with cat litter, sawdust or sand in a cardboard box lined with plastic and let it dry, or purchase, a commercial paint hardener.
For latex paint that has separated: Pour the clear liquid on top into a cardboard box lined with plastic. Mix the liquid with an equal amount of cat litter or other absorbent and let it dry. Let the leftover paint in the bottom of the can dry out, using one of the above techniques.
ALL OTHER PAINTS MUST BE TAKEN TO A HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION SITE! (Even if it is dried out.)
NEW RECYCLING DROP-OFF SITE:
Township Contact Drop-off Site
Trenton Richard Bunce Town Garage: N2551 Cty Rd VV, Hager City WI 54014
792-2398 OR Hours: All Hours