Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium
Helping local governments meet requirements for stormwater education and public involvement

Where can I take my old paint?

Households are filled with many hazardous materials. These can include any product that can be flammable, corrosive, caustic, explosive, reactive, toxic or poisonous.As you can imagine, this list includes a variety of different products within your household, including paint. If hazardous household products, like paint, are improperly disposed of, they can pose a great threat to both human and ecosystem health. This is especially true if these pollutants reach local rivers, ponds, lakesand the ocean where people swim and fish for food.

For paint specifically, if the paint is still usable, you can try to donate it to a local non-profit organization in your community. In the CWSEC region, Horry County will accept latex paint from residents to be re-used. SCDHEC says that, “Paint also can be disposed of safely by completing the following steps: (1) Remove the lid and let the paint air dry (harden) completely. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets. (2) You can add cat litter, shredded newspaper, sawdust or sand to the paint to speed up the process. (3) Once the paint is completely dry, you can dispose of it with your household garbage.”

Please visit the following links on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website at What Can I Recycle and Recycling Hard to Manage Items for more information on how to properly dispose of other hazardous household products like antifreeze, batteries, electronics, gasoline, glass, motor oil, oil filters, packing peanuts, pesticides, tires, medicine, and of course paint (SCDHEC).
It is vital that we all do our part to keep these potentially environtmentally lethal products out of our water.

See also “What Can I Do?
Resource: SCDHEC Recycling and Proper Disposal of Medicines