To determine if your paint is latex, sometimes known as enamel paint, look at the label and find the ‘Cleanup Instructions’. For latex paint, you will be instructed to clean your brushes with ‘detergent and water’ or ‘soap and water’. If you are instructed to use a solvent, like mineral spirits, to clean your brushes or if the words ‘alkyd’ or ‘combustible’ are on the label, refer to the Kent County SafeChem Program.

Disposal

Latex paint is not accepted through the SafeChem Program. Once dried, latex paint may be placed in your trash. Follow the instructions below to quickly dry out your latex paint.

Step 1: Find an area that will be protected from children, pets and weather but has adequate airflow. A locked screen porch or a high shelf in a well-vented garage or shed may be suitable.

Step 2: Remove the lid from the latex paint and discard – never put the lid back on.

Step 3: Mix in equal amounts of an absorbent material such as cat litter, sawdust or sand. The mixture should be the consistency of thick oatmeal.  If there is too much latex paint in the container to add absorbent material to, line a cardboard box with a trash bag and pour the paint into the lined box. Add the absorbent material to the paint and allow to dry.  For paints that have separated or cannot be mixed, pour the clear liquids into a cardboard box lined with a trash bag and mix an equal amount of absorbent material; allow to dry. Leave the solid paint sludge in the can to harden.

Step 4: Once hardened, the latex paint mixture can be safely and legally placed in your trash. Be sure to remove the lid prior to putting any paint can in the trash.

Allendale True Value
5425 Lake Michigan Dr
Allendale, MI 49401
616-895-5400

Accepts power equipment batteries (no fee) and latex paint (for a fee).

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Habitat for Humanity
616-774-2431

Accepts new and gently used building materials and home improvement products for resale at discounted prices, including lumber, trim, stain/paint, windows, doors, working appliances, furniture, etc.  Accepts vehicles for donation.

Multiple locations.

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Paint Recycling Services
269-224-2814

Accepts latex paint for a fee.

Home pick-up program.

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RepcoLite
616-336-1338

Accepts latex paint for a fee.

Multiple locations.

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