City of Santa Fe, Environmental Services
New Mexico Recycling Coalition
The National Recycling Coalition
New Mexico Clean and Beautiful
New Mexico Environment Department, Recycling
Oil based paint is made out of pigments and binders, like synthetic resins derived from petroleum. When not properly stored or recycled the vapors and chemicals can pose a health threat on both humans and the environment. The good news is you can recycle unused oil based paint to prevent it from getting into our ground water and to protect the health of yourself and others.
Latex paint (water-based acrylic paint) contains water-soluble binders, like acrylic resins. It is not considered a hazardous waste like oil-based paint is. Good quality latex paint can be recycled into new latex paint for reuse. Or, if you have an empty or almost empty old can that is dirty or contaminated, you can put it in your garbage can as long as the paint is dry or solidified first.
Once the liquid has dried and is not runny, you can throw it with the rest of your garbage
Prevent leftover paint! It can save you money and the trouble of disposal.
Visit the Paint Calculator to find out how much paint you’ll need for your next project.
BuRRT – Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) Fridays & Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
If you have good quality oils or latex paint left over from a project, consider donating them:
Paint and solvent cans and containers cannot be recycled because of their toxic residue and should be thrown in the trash.