How do I dispose of paint and paint cans?

Oil based paint, stains, or finishes are considered a household chemical waste and are properly disposed via household chemical waste collections sponsored by Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and available to all Illinois residents. Latex paint is non-toxic and will not be accepted at Household Chemical Waste collections. Let the paint dry out completely. After the paint has dried, dispose of it in your regular trash with the lid off so the waste hauler knows the can is empty.

A paint can which previously contained oil-based or latex based paint may be disposed of in the regular trash. If the paint can is of an acceptable recyclable material such as steel, tin, or a plastic container stamped recyclable 1 to 5, the can may be recycled in the community’s recycling program.

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1. What are the Village's refuse collection policies?
2. What should I do if my refuse, recycling or yard waste was not picked up on the scheduled day?
3. How do I get replacement refuse cans or recycling containers?
4. Where can I purchase refuse stickers?
5. Will the Village perform special refuse pick-ups?
6. What items may not be placed in my refuse container?
7. How and when is yard waste collected (lawn clippings, brush, branches, etc.)?
8. What do I need to know about recycling in the Village?
9. How do I dispose of construction debris?
10. How do I dispose of paint and paint cans?
11. How do I dispose of residential electronics?
12. How do I dispose of household hazardous waste?
13. How should I dispose of my holiday lights?
14. Does the Village perform Christmas tree pick-up?
15. Does the Village offer compost?
16. What are the Village's digging policies?
17. What do I do if I have sewer problems?
18. Where should I report drainage complaints?
19. Do I need a permit to have work performed on a drainage swale?
20. How should Village parkways be maintained?
21. When are sidewalks replaced and what if there are trip hazards?
22. Who do I call to report a pothole?
23. Is tree planting permitted on the parkway?
24. Do I need a permit to remove a tree on private property?
25. Who should I contact with questions about traffic?
26. Who do I call for a mosquito problem?
27. When does the Village’s Annual Leaf Collection begin?
28. How often are the pick-ups for the Annual Leaf Collection?
29. What happens if I forget to place my leaves on the parkway and the Public Works Crews have already passed?
30. How is the Snow Plow and Ice Control plan implemented?
31. Can you send a snowplow back to clear the end of a driveway?
32. What is Spring Clean Up?
33. What items are not collected as part of the Spring Clean Up program?
34. What if I place my Spring Clean Up at the curb after the crews have passed?
35. How do I dispose of Styrofoam, small hand-held electronics, athletic shoes, and CFL (compact florescent light) bulbs?
36. What are the colored flags and/or spray paint on my property?