How Do You Get Rid Of Leftover Paint?

Glidden Team:
How can I safely dispose of any leftover paint that I may have?

Global Director of Product Stewardship: 
If you have any leftover paint, thinner or other chemicals, they should never be poured down the drain or otherwise disposed of carelessly.

Typically paints have a two year shelf life where we would consider them “good” before attributes of the paint maybe less effective. Leftover paint in usable condition can be donated to churches, schools or other organizations. To determine if old paint is still usable, stir it with a paint stick and if the paint is smooth, it’s usable.

Empty cans or those with a small amount of water-based paint in them should be left open and allowed to dry in a ventilated area, out of the reach of children and pets. Always check with your local waste disposal service before throwing away unused dried paint.

Oil-based or alkyd paints should be allowed to dry by adding absorbent material such as kitty litter.
Become familiar with the disposal procedures recommended in your municipality. Some make regular, scheduled pickups of household hazardous waste; some have recycling programs. Many states are beginning to adopt the Paint Care recycling program.

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As always, please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet for safety and detailed application instructions.