How to dispose of oil-based paint

We accept oil-based paint and stain products from your home as household hazardous waste at our Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station at no additional charge.

The solvents in oil-based paint are flammable, and the resins, solvents, pigments, and additives can be toxic when breathed or touched.

Sorry, we do not offer curbside pickups of household hazardous materials.

See instructions for latex/water-based paint

How much paint can I drop off?

The Household Hazardous Waste drop-off is only for Montgomery County residents bringing reasonable amounts of materials from their home. You must provide proof of residency. Attendants at the site have the right to refuse loads that appear to be commercial in nature.

Paint from businesses may qualify for our ECOWISE program.

How do I dispose of empty paint cans?

If the cans from your oil-based paint or stain products are empty, put them into your regular trash.

How do I dispose of aerosol cans which held oil-based products?

Is your paint still in usable condition?

If your paint is still in usable condition, and has not been frozen, consider offering it for reuse through

  • your neighborhood email list
  • Craigslist, Freecycle, or similar places
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