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Proper Disposal of Liquid Paint

Liquid paint, primers, stains and varnishes must never be thrown out in regular garbage.

When the garbage truck collects the liquid paint and compacts it the paint can leak from the truck and damage the roadway, ruin private property and harm the environment. 

The Town of Huntington has partnered with PaintCare to recycle leftover paint products! PaintCare Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, represents paint manufacturers (paint producers) to plan and operate paint stewardship programs in U.S. states that pass paint stewardship laws.

 PaintCare makes recycling your leftover paint easy. Now you can take unwanted latex and oil-based paint, stain, varnish, and other accepted products for reuse or recycling. You can drop your products off at the Recycling Center (limit of five gallons per visit), or find a drop-off site near your home by using the PaintCare site locator  


PaintCare sites accept house paint as well as primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings such as shellac and varnish. Accepted products, also referred to as “PaintCare products” and “architectural coatings,” are the same ones that carry the PaintCare fee when purchased.

PaintCare sites do not accept aerosol coatings, solvents, and products designed and labeled to be used for industrial or non-architectural use.To be accepted for drop-off, PaintCare products must be in their original containers of no larger than 5 gallons in size, must have the original manufacturer’s printed label on the container, and must be covered with a secured lid. We cannot accept open or leaking cans.

Please review the detailed list below of PaintCare products and non-PaintCare products.


The following are PaintCare products included in the program. When purchased, the PaintCare fee is applied at the time of purchase. These products are accepted at no additional cost when dropped off at PaintCare’s participating drop-off sites.

  • Interior and exterior architectural paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Shellacs, lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealers and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Not Accepted

The following are non-PaintCare products and are not included in the program. When purchased, the PaintCare fee is not applied at the time of purchase. They are not accepted at PaintCare’s participating drop-off sites. These items may be disposed of at the Town's Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Facility

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol coatings
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

Containers that are leaking, empty, or without the original printed manufacturer’s label are not accepted at drop-off sites. 


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