Latex Paint Disposal

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Latex paint splattered on the streetThe Town works closely with ESI to establish safe and effective collection methods and policies for trash and recycling collections. ESI does not collect latex paint in liquid form.

As this photo illustrates, liquid paint is a messy material. In this case, cans of liquid paint were placed in the bottom of a trash can. Crews emptied the trash can into the collection vehicle and the cans exploded when the vehicle's packing mechanism crushed them, splattering the vehicle, the crew members and the street with paint.

In order to be collected curbside, paint cans must be completely dry or the paint inside solidified. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste material when solidified. However, neither the Town of Leesburg’s refuse collectors nor the county landfill will accept liquid paint waste. To solidify paint, you must do the following:

1) Add an absorbent material such as kitty litter, sawdust or newspaper. A commercial waste paint hardener may also be available at home improvement stores.

2) Once the paint has fully dried, the paint container may be placed at the curb with regular household waste for disposal. Liquid paint of any kind will not be collected. In addition, ESI can collect only latex paint. Oil-based paints and stains must be taken to a Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste event for disposal.


Please note: Latex paint that has not been solidified is not eligible for bulk collection. The only disposal method for town collection is to dry the paint and dispose of cans with regular trash. 

ESI prefers that cans be left open at the curb with lids off so that crews can verify the contents are completely solidified.