How do I dispose of latex paint?

The Tippecanoe County Solid Waste Management District doe NOT take latex paint at our Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off.  Latex paint is non-toxic and can go in to your regular trash after it has been dried out and solidified.  Trash haulers will not pick up liquid paint because they get fined if they drip paint on the road.  They are very cautious about picking up paint if they think it might be liquid.  Please confirm with your trash hauler how they want dried paint cans. 

To dry latex paint for cans less than half full:

  1. Pour clay cat litter or paint hardener (available at home improvement stores) in the paint can at 1:1 ratio.
  2. Stir and leave the lid off for a day or two until the paint solidifies.

For full cans:

  1. Line a box with a trash bag (make sure the bag does not have holes in it!)
  2. pour the kitty litter or paint hardener in the box lined with a bag
  3. Pour half of the paint in to the box with the kitty litter or paint hardener
  4. Add cat litter or paint hardener to the paint remaining in the can
  5. Mix each and allow to dry solid

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1. I don't have curbside recycling. Where and what can I recycle in Tippecanoe County?
2. How do I dispose of latex paint?
3. Does Recycling and Solid Waste take televisions or other electronics?
4. What should I do with scrap metal?
5. How do I get trash pick-up in the rural part of Tippecanoe County?
6. I own a small business. How do I recycle or dispose of my hazardous waste?
7. How is our County's recycling program funded?