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Paint (Latex and Oil Base Paint and Paint-Related Products)

There are three primary components to Paint:

  • Pigments impart such qualities as color and opacity, and influences properties such as gloss, film flow, and protective abilities.
  • Binders, or resins, are the actual film forming components of paint. They impart adhesion, bind the pigments together, and strongly influence such properties as gloss potential, exterior durability, flexibility, and toughness.
  • Solvent’s (also called the vehicle) main purpose is to adjust the viscosity of the paint. It is a volatile and does not become part of the paint film. It can also control flow and application properties. Its main function is as the carrier for the non volatile components. Water is the main vehicle for water based paints.

Solvent based (also called oil or petroleum based) paints can have various combinations of solvents as the vehicle, including aliphatics, aromatics, alcohols, petroleum distillates, esters, glycol ethers and ketones.

Because solvent based paints are flammable and may also be toxic (older paints may contain polychlorinated biphenyls, lead or other metals), they should be taken to a hazardous waste collection site/event to be reused as an alternative fuel.

Water based or latex paints are not hazardous, but should be taken to a hazardous waste collection site/event to be recycled.

Proper Disposal

Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

If you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs. Business generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.

Home Collection

Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-2121 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up.

Fixed Collection Facilities - To recycle old paint or paint products at the following locations, residents of Clark County may bring up to 25 gallons, per household, per day; may not return paint in containers that are larger than 5-gallons; and, may not return paint in leaking, damaged, or unlabeled containers.

Satellite Collection Events - To recycle old paint or paint products at satellite collection events, residents of Clark County may not bring paint in leaking containers.


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