What do I do with…?
What is paint waste? Leftover paint, primer, stains, etc. that go unused.
Why is paint waste a problem? Most paints contain chemicals that can be harmful to environmental and human health if disposed of in liquid form in a landfill.
Examples: interior paint, exterior paint, spray paint, acrylic, latex, oil-based, water-based, stains, primers, watercolor, craft paints, fabric paints, child-safe paints
Be mindful of the amount you need to avoid leftovers
Choose to leave your project “all natural” instead of painting it
Adopt a minimalist lifestyle where paint is not a necessity
Reuse leftover paints for DIY projects and crafts
Donate to local art societies and schools (appropriate paint materials only)
Home ReSource accepts donations of used paint for resale to the public and proper disposal (call to check current acceptance policies)
Prefer mis-tints or surplus in unopened containers
Cans at least 3/4 full
All coatings must be less than five years old and never stored outdoors
Unacceptable: rusted paint cans
Habitat for Humanity Restore accepts donations of:
Water-based paint/stain/primer/clear coat
No oil based unless unopened
Donate watercolor paints to YWCA for use in their youth programs
Oil-based paints cannot be recycled; reuse or dispose of as household hazardous waste
Water-based paints can be recycled in areas where the service is offered
**For Missoula your best option is reducing paint usage and reusing the leftovers.
Safe Disposal Tips:
If you have unwanted paint or paint that has gone bad, you can dispose of it in a safe manner by mixing the paint with kitty litter or sawdust and laying it out to dry. Do this outside. When the mix is fully dry, you can safely dispose of it in the landfill.
1515 Wyoming St.
Habitat for Humanity Restore
3655 Highway 200 East