South Hadley Department Of Public Works Quick Reference Table & Paint Program

Check Your Paint Container

ConditionWhat to Do
Latex paintIf liquid, dry out by mixing with kitty litter until it is the consistency of oatmeal, or air dry and then place in trash
Oil-based paint and paint productsSave for Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Day
Not in original container, probably oil paint or thinnerSave for HHW Day
Paint has been frozen or is dried out. (Frozen paint has separated lines / cracks, looks like cottage cheese, and may smell bad.)If latex and dried out completely, may be placed in trash, If oil-based, save for HHW day
Aerosol paint or paint productSave for HHW day
Read the label; does it contain any of the following:
  • Creosote
  • Lead, mercury, chromium
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Pesticide / fungicide
  • Toluene
  • Wood bleach
  • Xylene
Save for HHW day
Is it 1 of the following:
  • Epoxy
  • Fire retardant
  • Pool paint
  • Rubber based
  • Two-part paint
Save for HHW day

2015 HHW Day

Saturday September 26th from 8 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required.