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Posted on: September 19, 2019

New Process Makes Latex Paint Disposal Painless

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Sept. 19, 2019

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Starting next month, you’ll only have to go as far as your trash can to dispose of old or unwanted latex paint.

Effective Oct. 1, Chesterfield County is introducing a new latex paint disposal process in an effort to protect the environment and reduce costs. Since latex paint is not hazardous, it can be safely disposed of in the trash once it has dried up and become solid.

To solidify your latex paint, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Remove and discard the paint lid.
  2. Make sure the paint can is half full or less. (If the can is more than half full, pour excess into another container, like an empty coffee can).
  3. Add kitty litter, mulch, sawdust or paint hardener to the latex paint can. Safely stir the mixture together and allow it to harden. If liquid remains, add more solid material to the latex paint can.
  4. Allow the paint to dry in a ventilated area. Once latex paint has hardened, discard in trash or bring to the Convenience Center for free disposal.

Oil-based paint is considered hazardous in its liquid form and cannot be disposed of in the trash. This type of paint will only be accepted for disposal at special events held at county Convenience Centers.

Convenience Center Information

Southern Area Convenience Center
6700 Landfill Dr, Chester, VA 23831
Hours of Operation: Thursday-Monday 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday

Northern Area Convenience Center
3200 Warbro Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
Hours of Operation: Friday-Tuesday 7:00 AM-6:00 PM
Closed: Wednesday & Thursday

For more information about latex paint disposal, visit or call (804) 748-1297.

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