Solid Waste Management Department


Try to find a neighbor, friend, family member, church or civic group that could make good use of the paint.

Latex paint can be recycled by bringing the paint to the City of Houston's Westpark Consumer Recycling Center, located at 5900 Westpark, Houston, TX 77057 and the ESC's. This facility is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. Please limit your load to 1 5-gallon and 10 1-gallon buckets. Oil-based paint is not recycled at this time. (You may also bring a lot of other recyclable items to this facility including used oil, antifreeze, car batteries, paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, tin and phone books.)

Latex Paint -- Latex paint is water-based and is non-toxic. Latex paint can be disposed of in your normal trash once it has been solidified. Latex paint can be easily solidified by mixing it with kitty litter or sawdust. This can be done in the can if there is just a little bit left in the can, or, if you have several cans or cans with a lot of paint in them, you can mix the latex paint with kitty litter or sawdust in a double-lined trash bag. Then you can just tie up the bag and put it and your empty cans in the trash.

Latex may be disposed of at the Westpark Recycling Center and ESCs.

Oil-Based Paint -- Oil-based paint or paint that has the word "alkyd", flammable, or combustible on the label should be used up until none is left. This can be done by painting old boards or newspapers in a well-ventilated place.  Then the painted wood and newspapers can go into the trash along with the empty can. Oil based paint is only be accepted at ESC's. 

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