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Disposing of Paint Properly in Denver: A Comprehensive Guide

Disposing of Paint Properly in Denver: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to home improvement projects in Denver, painting is often at the top of the list. However, once the project is complete, you might find yourself with leftover paint. While it's tempting to simply throw it in the trash or pour it down the drain, proper paint disposal is crucial for the environment and complies with local regulations. Here’s how Denver residents can responsibly dispose of paint.

paint Disposal paint can in downtown Denver Colorado

1. Do-It-Yourself: Solidify and Dispose

If you have a small amount of leftover paint, you can dry it out at home:

  • For latex paint, open the lid and allow it to dry out. You can speed up the process by stirring in an absorbent material like cat litter or sawdust.

  • Oil-based paints are considered hazardous waste. To dispose of them, they should be solidified using paint hardeners, which can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Once the paint is solidified, you can place the can with the lid off in your regular trash.

**2. Donate or Recycle **

Before disposing of usable paint, consider donating it. Local schools, community centers, or theater groups might be in need of paint for projects.

There are also paint recycling facilities in Denver that accept paint for recycling. These facilities process the paint to create new paint products or use it in energy recovery processes.

3. Drop-off at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities

Denver residents can drop off their leftover paint at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities. These facilities are equipped to handle paint and other hazardous materials safely.

4. Costs Associated with Paint Disposal in Denver

Denver operates a PaintCare program, which allows residents to drop off their paint at participating retail locations for free. The program is funded by a fee that consumers pay when purchasing paint. So, there's no direct cost to residents for dropping off paint at these sites.

However, for large quantities of paint or if you're utilizing a specific hazardous waste facility, there might be associated fees. Always call ahead to verify any costs.

5. Important Tips

  • Never pour paint down the drain or into the ground. It can contaminate water sources and harm aquatic life.

  • Keep paint in its original container with its original label. This helps in identifying the type of paint and provides essential safety information.

  • If you’re unsure about the type of paint or how to dispose of it, contact your local waste management agency for guidance.


Disposing of paint responsibly is not just about following the law; it's about preserving our beautiful Denver environment for future generations. Whether you choose to dry it out, donate, recycle, or drop it off at a hazardous waste facility, make sure you're doing your part to keep Denver clean and green. And if you ever find yourself in need of a dumpster rental for larger renovation projects, remember to choose a company that values sustainability and proper waste disposal.

When you have questions about what you can or can not throw into a Sam's Hauling dumpster container give us a call. We are happy to help and to ensure you get only the size dumpster you need for your job.

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