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Paint Disposal

Latex Paint
Latex paint, or water-based paint, is not considered hazardous, and is not accepted at local hazardous waste facilities. Latex paint should be dried outlinks to external site and thrown away in your household trash.

To dry out latex paint, mix in kitty litter (or paint hardener):
1. Add equal parts kitty litter to the paint.
2. Stir until it reaches an oatmeal-like consistency.
3. Allow to sit for at least an hour.
4. Throw away in the trash with the lid off.

Consider using community sharing websites such as Nextdoor Kirkland or Buy Nothing Kirkland to give away usable paint. Limit wasted paint by using a paint calculatorlinks to external site to buy only the amount that you need.

Oil-Based Paint
Oil-based paint and stains are hazardous, and should be disposed at hazardous waste facilitieslinks to external site to protect our environment. The closest year-round hazardous waste disposal location is in Bellevue:

Factoria Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site
13800 SE 32nd St, Bellevue
 Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Traveling Wastemobile hosts temporary hazardous waste disposal locations throughout King County, and comes to Kirkland every year in May. Find Wastemobile dateslinks to external site.

Public Works
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
Operations & Maintenance
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries

Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902