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Paint Disposal

Make your next painting project greener with our tips for preventing wasted paint, choosing green paints, and proper cleanup.

Wish there were better options for latex paint disposal? So do we, and the paint industry! Ask your Washington State representatives to support paint stewardship legislation

Latex Paint Disposal
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.

See other methods of drying out latex paintlinks to external site.

If your paint is still usable, consider donating or re-gifting it! Give away paint to your neighbors on community sharing websites such as Nextdoor Kirkland or Buy Nothing Kirkland. Check with your favorite local school, non-profit organization, or theater group to see if they accept paint donations. 

Oil-Based Paint Disposal
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