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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Green Initiatives - DuPage County Latex Paint  Program

DuPage County's Latex Paint Recycling Program to open for the season June 25, 2018!

When:  Monday through Saturday June 25, - August 4, 2018
             8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where:  DuPage County Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility
              7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge, IL
Details:  Latex paint only  that is not more than 10 years old and has not been mixed with other products. No businesses.

Click here for flyer.  Espanol  Recycled Paint will be available starting June 30th.  The paint is filtered and re-blended into a variety of colors, types and finishes.  Available in 5-gallon containers free of charge on a first come first served basis.  No warranty expressed or implied accompanies the recycled paint. Resale of recycled paint is forbidden without expressed written consent of the County.

Other Recycling Locations:

Several local Ace Hardware stores have partnered with Epaint to provide collection of latex and oil-based paints for a fee. Visit the Epaint website for more information and pricing. EarthPaint also accepts latex paint for a fee, visit their website for full details.

Management of Latex Paint

Below are some helpful reuse and recycling tips to better manage use of latex paint, or watch this SCARCE video on tips for proper disposal.

  • When painting a room, buy the necessary amount needed for the project - look beyond what is on sale.
  • Save left over paint in a glass jar that leaves almost no air space, and keep the paint for touch ups.
  • Then, label the jar for which room the paint was used, or keep in the room itself, to ensure the correct paint will be used in the same room.
  • Do not store paint in the garage.  Once frozen, it is not reusable.
  • Left over unusable latex paint should be consolidated into one container and dried with cat litter, sawdust or another absorbent material (ie. oil absorbent).  
  • Once the paint is completely dry, it can be put out with regular garbage curbside pickup.  Be sure to remove the lid on the paint can, so the waste company driver can see that the paint is dry.  Some waste companies will not take the dried paint, unless the lid is off.

Management of Oil Based Paint, Paint Thinners, Stain and Varnish Finishes

Illinois residents may drop off unwanted, oil-based paint at the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located in Naperville. This is a drive through, free drop-off facility open to everyone every Saturday & Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (excluding Holidays). For more information and a complete list of all accepted hazardous materials, visit the Naperville facility's website or call 630-420-6095 during weekdays.  The Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility is funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, DuPage County and neighboring government agencies.



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