If you have left over latex paint from a painting project taking up space in their garage or basement, the city’s offering a chance to recycle it.

The City of Evanston will offer a one day latex paint drop-off event for Evanston residents on Wednesday, July 6th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents will be allowed to drop-off latex paint at the city’s Service Center visitor’s parking lot, located across the street from 2020 Asbury.

The city will accept only latex paint. The paint can must have the original label identifying it as latex and be in a usable state. The goal of the latex paint drop-off is to collect, remix and give away the remixed latex paint at the city’s inaugural Recycling Fair at the Civic Center on July 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Latex paints contain various amounts of toxic materials. These toxic materials are water soluble, which means that if improperly discarded, they could pollute ground water and the environment more quickly.

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  1. a reminder on latex paint disposal

    This latex paint collection by the city is a good idea because the paint can be used, but if you otherwise need to get rid of latex paint, you can pour it out on flattened cardboard boxes and let it dry, then throw the cardboard with the dried paint into the trash along with the empty paint cans.

    I used to do this at my condo by placing the drying paint on cardboard under the garbage dumpsters where it was protected while drying (just don't do it the day before the dumpsters are to be emptied!) It takes a couple of days to dry.

    See here for SWANCC's page on the topic

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