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I have a huge amount of paint left over from the years. I've called around and my county charges 3 dollars per gallon. I live in Seattle WA.

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I always leave leftover paint with the customer, unless its a stock color that I buy in bulk and will use somewhere else.

Disposal depends upon the state/county regulations. Here in StL county, you can open cans of latex, let them dry hard, and dispose of them in the average trash or landfill. Oil or alkyds must be sopped up with an absorbent medium such as kitty litter and can only be disposed of at certain places specified by the county on certain days of the year.

Check you local regulations. Shouldn't have to pay to get rid of them properly (and quit hoarding :cheesygri ).
 

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use you old plastic or tarps lay them out in your yard or drive way pour the old paint out on them and spread it out , let it dry all the way then take it to the dump.its a bit tricky to do and keep a cleen yard its almost worth just buying a large roll of plastic to use, and be carefull if you have grass in your yard it will die under the plastic. dave out
 

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I just dump mine down the sewer. I'm kidding! I'm kidding! I have a good relationship with a local hardware shop and I just give it to him. He probably dumps it down the sewer :)

If you leave the lid off and let it dry, it's ok for the trash. Otherwise, use it as a first coat when painting your own house - it's stil good paint.
 

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Like mgraveman says, you should be able to use it for base coats. If you mix it all together you'll usually end up with grey. Shelf life is usually 2-3 years.
 

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I just dump mine down the sewer. I'm kidding! I'm kidding! I have a good relationship with a local hardware shop and I just give it to him. He probably dumps it down the sewer :)
Many years ago, I was rinsing water based paint in the gutter when a city official/worker came over to check out what I was doing. He told me to dump my rinse water down the toilet.
For paint, I dump it on cardboard and toss it in the trash.
 

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Some city's, such as Plano TX, have a program that allows you drop off latex paint. They mix warm and cool colors with each other to come up with two different colors. They then donate that paint to different orgs. and charities to paint their facilities all over the country I believe.
 

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i never have left over paint i always get the esimate right! my local s/w store sells paint in 1qt 1.5 qt 1.75 qt, 2 pints 2.25 2.5 2.75 pints 1/2 gallon, 1 litre etc just the right amout all the time no waste no need to worry about land fill, or paint going hard in garage.
 

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Fill the paint cans up with kitty litter and it all becomes a solid. If the cans are full, you might need to pour some out into another container to get enough room to add the kitty littler. Latex / waterborne goes away in the regular trash once it solidifies. Alkyds/oils/shellacs, etc., supposed to wait for the once-per-year paint collection day.
 

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There is a product that HD and #48 car sell that "kicks" liquid paint into a solid that makes it into an acceptable disposal to be picked up by the garbage guys.
 

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Every can I buy gets an extra charge for enviromental ,I assume that is for disposal. Things have changed over ten years, take it to the municipal disposal site, perhaps not all at once but in portions they won't freak out. Now if you take a big load of hard questionable material , well then it's another argument.. Use your personal vehicle and leave the commercial one with lettering at home , that's the method I use.. There's no escaping cleaning the truck the garage the yard,constant vigilance is the rule, I wish I knew how to follow rules.
 

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There is a product that HD and #48 car sell that "kicks" liquid paint into a solid that makes it into an acceptable disposal to be picked up by the garbage guys.
I think you're talking about Krud Kutter- it's like $3 per pouch and good for only 1 gallon. Kitty litter does the same thing for a fraction of the cost by sucking the water out of the paint leaving you with a solid. Kitty litter just takes slightly longer, like an hour or for a gallon vs maybe 15 minutes for KK, so if you're doing multiple gallons just go to the supermarket and grab a bag....
 

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Some city's, such as Plano TX, have a program that allows you drop off latex paint. They mix warm and cool colors with each other to come up with two different colors. They then donate that paint to different orgs. and charities to paint their facilities all over the country I believe.
Several cities around here have free collection days about twice a year for paint and other chemicals. I wasn't aware that they recycle it but that makes sense.
 

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There is a product that HD and #48 car sell that "kicks" liquid paint into a solid that makes it into an acceptable disposal to be picked up by the garbage guys.
Wouldn't that be "#20 car and #48 car..."?:thumbup:
 
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