Green Initiatives - DuPage County Latex Paint Program
Free Recycled Latex Paint - While Supplies Last
Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility, 7900 S Route 53, Woodridge 8 a.m. to 2
- The paint has been re-blended into a variety of colors, types and
- Paint is offered free of charge to any resident, business,
non-profit, etc. in 5-gallon containers.
- Not accepting
paint for recycling at this time. See disposal information below on how to
manage latex paint.
Latex Paint Management
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
- 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.
- 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.
- For a
small fee, some local Ace Hardware stores are collecting latex paint to be
re-blended and recycled into new latex paint. Visit this website to find a latex paint recycling location near
Oil Based Paint, Paint Thinners, Stain and Varnish
Finishes are Toxic
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 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