Alameda County’s Online Guide for Reuse, Repair, and Recycling

What do I do with:




Paints and paint-related products contain hazardous chemicals and should never be poured down the drain or thrown in the garbage.  

Disposal Options:

  • Many paint and hardware stores accept “architectural paints” such as house paint and primers, stains, sealers, and clear coatings (e.g., shellac and varnish) for recycling for Free. Visit PaintCare Inc. for a list of disposal locations.
  • Paint and paint-related products can be disposed of at all Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities.

​Special Instructions:

  • Dispose of dry and empty paint cans with the lids off in a recycling bin.
  • The Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste facilities accept: oil-based paint, water-based paint, latex paint, spray paint, stains, varnish, thinner, remover, and adhesives.


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