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Paint Cans—Empty

Empty metal Paint cans can be placed in your Blue Recycling Bin for curbside collection as long as they are completely empty and clean. No paint residual. Be sure and take the lid off so that drivers can verify the can is clean and empty. Metal lids from metal and plastic paint cans can also be placed in our Blue Recycling Bin for curbside collection.

Empty metal Paint cans can be taken to a metal recycling center if they contain NO liquids or other materials; some dried residue is acceptable, as long as it is minimal.

Empty plastic can be placed into your garbage container if they contain NO liquids or other materials; again some dried residue is acceptable, as long as it is minimal. Be sure and take the lid off so that drivers can verify the can is clean and empty. Metal lids from metal and plastic paint cans can also be placed in our Blue Recycling Bin for curbside collection.

If your paint cans contain liquids see Paint.

Many people are unaware that aerosol spray cans are comprised of 1% tin and 99% steel and can be recycled (including pesticide spray cans) once they are empty (see Curbside Recycling). Remove and discard plastic tops from empty spray cans.

Full or partially full aerosol spray cans or paint cans can not be recycled curbside. They should be disposed of as a hazardous waste.

 

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