Paint

Resources
The majority of information below is derived from the American Coatings Association.

Latex Paint
Liquid wastes are restricted from municipal solid waste landfills - never throw away leftover liquid paint in your trash. Wash paint brushes and painting tools in the sink. Never clean your paint brushes near a storm sewer.

Donate
Full cans of new, reusable latex paint may be accepted for reuse or resale by Habitat for Humanity.

Disposal
Unused latex paint can be dried in the can. To speed up drying, add kitty litter, shredded newspaper, or sawdust. Once the paint is dried out, the can and the paint can be placed in your trash cart. We can recycle the metal paint cans at the City Recycle Center if you scrape out the dried paint first.

Recycle
The City does not have an ongoing recycling program for paint. However, from time to time, drop off household hazardous waste events may be held, and paint will be accepted for recycling. Call the Solid Waste Division at (830) 221-4040 to check on any potential upcoming events.

Solvent-Based Paint
Solvent-based or alkyd paints require special disposal practices. Solvent-based paints are ignitable and present particular hazards. These products should not be emptied into storm sewers, household drains, or on the ground. Clean paint brushes and painting tools with paint thinner or turpentine.

Disposal
Save solvent-based paints for a household hazardous waste collection. Do not place these paints in trash; they are ignitable. The City does not have permanent household hazardous waste program or drop-off site. Please contact the Solid Waste Division at (830) 221-4040 to inquire about possible upcoming HHW drop off events.

Paint Thinners, Turpentine, Mineral Spirits & Solvents
Paint thinners, turpentine, mineral spirits and solvents can be reused. These products, like solvent-based or alkyd paints, should not be emptied into storm sewers, household drains, or on the ground.

Reuse
  1. Put used turpentine or brush cleaners in a closed container and leave it in a safe place until the paint particles settle to the bottom.
  2. Pour off the clear liquid into an empty, clean container that has a lid for reuse.
  3. Add an absorbent material such as kitty litter, shredded newspaper or sawdust to the remaining residue in the first container.
  4. Let this residue dry completely before disposing of it in your regular trash.
  5. Dry empty metal containers may be brought to the City Recycle Center for recycling.

Disposal
Do not place these liquids in your trash cart; save them for a household hazardous waste service. The city does not have a permanent program or drop off facility. Call at (830) 221-4040 for details on any potential upcoming events.

Spray Paint
Disposal
Cans containing paint should not be placed in your trash cart, as they are combustible and also contain liquids. Save for a household hazardous waste event. The city does not have a permanent HHW program or drop off site. Call (830) 221-4040 to check on any upcoming events or programs.