How do I dispose of water-based paint?

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility does not accept latex or water-based paints. These paints can be thrown in the regular trash when dry and solid. An easy way to tell if the paint is water-based is if the directions specify soap and water clean-up.

Directions for Drying

  1. Remove paint can lid. Stir paint.
  2. Add one part absorbent (kitty litter, floor dry, bentonite) to two parts paint and mix well.
  3. Leave lid off to let dry.
  4. Paint will be solid and dry in about 24 hours. It will look like dried cottage cheese.
  5. It is safe to throw in the trash. Leave the lid off so your collector can see that the paint is solid.

Teton County Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling (ISWR) sells 50-pound bags of bentonite for $20. This is the best material to use when drying paint.

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1. What is considered hazardous waste?
2. Is there a disposal charge?
3. How do I dispose of water-based paint?
4. What do I do when I bring materials for disposal?
5. Why is it important to dispose of household hazardous waste properly?