LATEX PAINT

Latex (water-based) paint is not considered a hazardous material in the State of Hawai‘i.  Latex or water-based paints can be reused if it is still good quality.

There are various locations that accept donations and/or sell reusable latex paint.

latex paint can
  • Kona Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 331-8010 call first
  • Waimea Reuse Center at the Waimea Recycling & Transfer Station
    Open 7 Days a Week 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Accepting usable latex paint for reuse at this location
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 895-0482.
  • Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Hilo), 935-6677
    Offers and accepts limited home construction items in good condition (new or “gently used”).
    Limited pick-up service available. Call first.
  • Hilo Reuse Center at the Hilo Recycling & Transfer Station
    Ho‘olaulima Rd. (before the Transfer Station, on makai side)
    Open 7 Day a Week 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Accepting usable latex paint for reuse at this location
    For more information call Recycle Hawaii at 896-0048
  • Kea‘au Reuse Center at the Kea‘au Recycling &Transfer Station
    16-921 Kea‘au-Pāhoa Rd., Kea‘au
    Open 7 Day a Week 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
    except New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
    Latex Paint Reuse Center at this location (donate usable latex paint or buy what is available)
    For more information call Recycle Hawai‘i at 895-6815.

DISPOSAL OF LATEX PAINT

If your latex paint is of poor quality and not reusable you must solidify it BEFORE including it with your regular rubbish.

To quickly solidify latex paint you can combine it with kitty litter or a paint solidifier (sold at hardware store).  Or you can let it air-dry by removing the covering and solidify slowly, or paint a piece of cardboard or junk wood and let it dry completely before disposal.

 

OIL-BASED PAINT & STAINS

Oil-based paint and stains are considered hazardous and should be disposed of properly.   Landfill disposal is not allowed.

Businesses, non-profits and government agencies need to contact a hazmat company and contract for proper disposal of oil-based paints and stains.  Go to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch’s website and look for the Hauler and Recyclers listing of hazardous materials management companies.

Households may bring a limited amount of oil-based paints or stains to the regular Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events, click on the link to the webpage for more information on these events.  Transport it in labeled leak-proof containers, preferably the original containers with label.  Businesses, non-profits and government agencies are prohibited by law from participating in these events.