Contact the Recycling Office
UC Government Center
155 N 15th Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Hour: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: (570) 524-3748
Fax: (570) 524-3850
What should I do with leftover paint?
To properly dispose of leftover paint the following are the recommended disposal options:
First – Buy only what you need and return any unopened cans. If you are at the end of a job and realize you need only a small amount to finish, exchange the unopened can for a smaller quantity.
If you do have leftover paint, use it as an undercoat, second coat, touchups, projects (fences, birdhouses, basements), offer it to a friend or neighbor, OR donate leftover paint to community groups, schools, local theater group, recreation department, sign painter, etc.
Latex paint is not hazardous waste.
Latex paints are water-bases and are a safer alternative than oil-based paints. But if the paint is unusable and you must get rid of it there are things you can do.
The goal is to simply the latex paint into a non-liquid form. This can be done in one of two ways.
Let it air dry – Lift off the lid, place the can away from children and pets, and allow the water content of the paint to evaporate. Once it’s does, the semi-dry paint left in the bottom of the can may be placed in a plastic trash bag and disposed of in your regular waste pick-up.
Mix it with “kitty litter” or other absorbent – If it takes to long to evaporate the water content, you can mix the paint with an absorbent (clay based kitty liter, vermiculite, shredded newspaper, or shop “oil-dry” absorbent). This can be done in the paint can itself, if you have only a quart or so in the can, or in the plastic tray. Mix 2 to 4 cups of absorbent into each quart of paint . After the absorbent has soaked up the paint and it is no longer a liquid, dump it onto a couple layers of newspaper, wrap it up and place it in a plastic trash bag and dispose of it in your regular waste-pick-up. If you mixed the absorbent into the paint right in the can, simply place the open can and its non-liquid contents into a trash bag for disposal.