Do you have some old paint you would like to get rid of? Here are some suggestions to help you do just that!

  • If you paint is unopened and in good standing, you may be able to donate it to Habitat For Humanity. Contact them here:
  • When disposing the number one thing to know is that as long as the paint and paint can is “dry”, you can through it away. So, the next question is how do you dry the paint and can out!
  • Removing the lid and letting it dry out on its own doesn’t really work for a couple of reasons. 1. It takes weeks and maybe even months for it to harden. Second, you really don’t want the fumes released into your garage for that period of time and then potentially leaking into your home.  Now, you can stir in some absorbent material like kitty litter, sawdust if you have the time.
  • Paint hardeneris an option to add to your paint. This cost about $4 a pack to treat one gallon.
  • Now our preference is to collect cardboard boxes, open them up, triple layer them flat down, and then pour your paint out and then let it dry in the sun. Once dry you can simply place in your trash can for disposal!
  • Another great option is your communities Hazard Waste Disposal Day. They usually come twice a year.  You simply load the paint cans into the trunk of your car and drive to the Hazardous Waste Disposal Day drop off site and pop you trunk and the wonderful people there will unload all of your paint for free and then you are on your way!

Here are some links for Sarasota and Charlotte cities and Counties for dates and locations! Happy disposing, Steve 🙂

North Port, Fl


Venice, FL

Sarasota, FL

Punta Gorda, FL

One Comment

  • David


    I’m sure this will be very helpful to your clients and potential clients. Getting rid of old paint cans is a very common question amongst the consumer. I remember getting asked that question A LOT when I worked with my dad.