Waukesha County

Can Disposal (for Hazardous Waste or Paint)
If cans are old and the oil-based or latex paint is hardened inside (i.e. the can does not shake) set the paint cans beside your trash can with covers off for pick-up by your waste hauler. (The volatile organic compounds once contained in the paint have already evaporated, and they are no longer hazardous waste.) Covers must be removed, as haulers will not take hardened paint unless they can see it is dry. It is illegal to put wet paint into a landfill.

Empty metal paint cans cannot be put in the recycle bin, but they can be taken to a scrap dealer or metal recycling dumpster at municipal drop off sites.

Empty plastic containers that held any type of paint or hazardous waste cannot be recycled because the hazardous waste/paint leaves residue in the plastic even after the container is rinsed. Empty plastic containers from either paint or household hazardous waste should be disposed as described above.


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515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188
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