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Helpful Hints
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  • Dried latex paint is not considered hazardous and can be disposed of in your regular household trash. To dry latex paint, simply leave an open can in the sun or add cat litter until it is dried completely solid. (Keep the lid off when disposing of the dried paint so that the waste collector can see that it is dry).
  • Local Paint Recycling Centers-
    No need to add anything to your old paint or dry it out. 
    They will take it in any form.
    Recycle any day of the year! Just bring your containers in to your local Retail Collector during their regular business hours. No oil based or solvent products will be accepted

    A small per container fee will apply as follows:

    Per Container Recycling Fees
    All fees are per container based on the size of the container, regardless of how much paint in in the can.
    Quart..........................$1.50 each

    Gallon.........................$2.50 each

    2 Gallon......................$3.50 each

    5 Gallon Bucket.........$8.00 each


    Ziegler's Ace Hardware
    215 N. Spring Street
    Elgin, Illinois
    847-741-5610

    Ziegler's Ace Hardware
    115 Lillian Street
    Elgin, Illinois
    847-695-1722


  • Consider safer alternatives by purchasing less hazardous or non-toxic products. Check out the Eco-Cleaning Guide published by the Solid Waste Agency of North Cook County’ (SWANCC) for a variety of less toxic alternatives.
  • Use up leftover products as specified on the labels, or offer them to friends and neighbors. Remember, buy only what you need.