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Paints and paint-related products contain hazardous chemicals and should never be poured down the drain or thrown in the garbage.  

Disposal Options:

​Special Instructions:

  • The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facilities accept: oil-based paints, water-based paints, latex paint, spray/aerosol paints, stains, varnish, thinners, removers, and adhesives.
  • Dispose of dry and empty paint cans with the lids off in a recycling bin.
  • Used brushes, roller heads, and rags that are soaked with paint or chemicals belong in the trash when they can no longer be of use.


  • Water-based latex paints contain less hazardous chemicals than oil-based paints.
  • PaintCare has tips to help you paint smarter.
  • The Green Product Directory provides an independent source of trusted green home improvement products and detailed tips.