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.