Paint Disposal

  1. PLEASE, Register Your Visit in Advance

    Advanced registration is encouraged to drop-off household wastes such as chemicals, paint, electronics (including Televisions ($20 fee per Television), Freon containing materials (refrigerators/freezers), tires, etc... Pre-registration provides an efficient way for the HHW Center to collect data relative to the program’s services and support program justification. Residents will not be refused for failing to register but please let the technicians know if you did not so we can still record your information.  

    Our facility is for Hamilton County residents disposing of their personal household waste only. Limit 200 pounds of chemicals per residence per month. For more information on what we do and do not accept please visit the "Materials Accepted" part of our website or call 317-776-4005 and press 1 to speak to a technician. 

    You do NOT need to register for paper shred day events or for the general recycling compactors in the south part of our compound.  

    Register Your Visit for HHW Drop-Off Center


Latex paint is not a hazardous waste.  Once hardened or empty, residents are encouraged to remove the lid and place items in their curbside trash container for disposal. Oil or solvent based paints are a hazardous waste and may be turned into the HHW Drop Off Center for proper disposal.  For an easy video tutorial click this link.  

If you have oil-based paints or stains, than those do need to be properly disposed of at the Hamilton County HHW Drop-off Center.  If you are a business work directly with a waste vendor such as Heritage Environmental for proper disposal.  

Latex Paint Identification

Latex paint can be identified the following ways:

  • Read the Label: If clean-up instructions indicate that rollers & brushed can be cleaned using soap and water, it is typically latex or “water-based” paint. If the product is a solvent or “oil-based” paint, the instructions will likely indicate these items can be cleaned with mineral spirits or turpentine.
  • Water Test: Place paint in a small container with some water. If the paint is water-based, it will easily mix with the water and dissolve. Oil-based paint will separate from the water and form noticeable layers.

Latex Paint Drying Instructions

  1. Remove lid from paint container.
  2. Add kitty litter, oil dry, saw dust or soil to the latex paint.
  3. Stir until paint has harden to an "oatmeal-like" consistency.
  4. Place the uncovered container in a well-ventilated area away from children or pets and allow mixture to harden.
  5. Place the container, with the dried paint, in your curbside trash with the lid off.

Please note, county residents are encouraged to dispose of their unwanted latex paint at home if possible. However, latex paint that has not been frozen or appears to still be in a usable condition can be brought to the HHW Drop Off Center for disposal or reuse.

If you are a business, contractor, school, church, etc. you can work directly with American Paint Recyclers for proper disposal of paint.