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Snohomish County Solid Waste introduces options for liquid latex paint disposal

Snohomish County residents can now drop off liquid latex paint to be recycled for a fee at the county's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station in Everett. The other option is to put dried paint in the garbage.
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers handing paint can to Hazardous Waste Specialist Ginger Swint. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County.

From the Snohomish County Solid Waste website. 

Paint can be dried and put in the garbage or recycled for a fee in its liquid form.

As of February 27, 2019, Snohomish County residents have options to dispose of unwanted latex paint. It can be put in the garbage if the proper steps are taken to dry it out first, or liquid latex paint can be recycled for a fee at Snohomish County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station.

Residents should only bring liquid latex paint in their original containers to the county’s Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Station. Partial cans of paint should not be combined.

The paint will be recycled by a third-party partner, reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.

The recycling fees are:

Containers one gallon and smaller:  

  • 1-5 containers = $10               
  • 6-10 containers = $20            
  • 11-15 containers = $30

Five-gallon containers:              

  • 1 containers = $10           
  • 2 containers = $20        
  • 3 containers = $30

Alternatively, latex paint can be disposed of in the garbage if the proper steps are taken to dry it out first.

There are three ways latex paint can be dried out:

1. Remove the paint can lid and let the paint dry out in the can, in a well-ventilated area. Protect the paint from freezing and rain, as well as curious children and pets. This only works when an inch or less of paint is left in the can and is most effective in warmer months.

2. Mix kitty litter, mulch, soil, sawdust or shredded paper in the latex paint and allow the mixture to dry to the consistency of lumpy oatmeal. Use a 50/50 mixture for the fastest drying time.

3. Mix a commercial paint hardener such as “Waste-Away” with latex paint according to the directions.

“Keeping paint out of landfills is good for our community and the environment,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive.

He went on to say, “We will continue to look for innovative ways to better serve our residents.”

Snohomish County Council Chair Terry Ryan said, “We are always looking for ways to protect our environment. Recycling paint is one more way we can reduce our waste footprint.”

“I was pleased to work with the Executive’s Office in bringing this program back to Snohomish County,” said Councilmember Sam Low.

He went on to say, “This is a great service that provides our residents with environmentally friendly options for disposing of unwanted latex paint.”

Councilmember Stephanie Wright said, “This is a great way to give county residents more options for paint recycling. It is a good opportunity for our residents and the environment.”

Snohomish County’s Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Station is located at 3434 McDougall Ave, Everett. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The facility takes cash, check, debit or credit card as payment.

To learn more about the facility and what is accepted, visit https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/477.

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