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Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly. Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

California's New PaintCare Program Expands Collection Sites

In October 2012, seven paint stores in Santa Barbara County began collecting old paint from the public as part of a new program operated by the paint industry group PaintCare. A year later, Santa Barbara County now has 19 free PaintCare sites. Read more by clicking here.

Latex paint is hazardous?

Unlike in some other states, latex paint (or water-based paint) is considered hazardous waste when disposed of in California. Fortunately, latex paint is highly recyclable. When you drop it off at a collection center, you not only keep it out of the landfill, but you also help create new products.

What about paint reuse programs?

If you have paint that is still in good condition, some collection facilities will offer it to the public as part of their reuse or exchange programs. The paint should be kept in its original container (with a legible label!) and be free of contaminants. If you're in need of paint, try calling one of the collection centers ahead of time to see if they have the color you're looking for.

Avoid leftover paint altogether!

It's easy: Buy only what you need. Before heading to the paint store, check out this list of online calculators provided by PaintCare to determine how much paint is required for the job. All it takes is a few quick measurements of the room(s) you're planning to paint.

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