Reducing Paint Waste

Tips for Reducing Paint Waste

Buy Right
Be a wise consumer and buy only what you need. Your local paint retailer can help you buy the correct volume of paint for your project.

Store Properly
When you store paint properly it will last longer. For best results, cover the opening of the paint can with plastic wrap and securely seal the lid so it won’t dry out. Write the room name on the lid for future touch ups. Store cans indoors where they won’t freeze or get wet. Be sure to choose a safe location out of reach of children and pets.

Use it up
Leftover paint can be used for touch-ups or for smaller projects. You can also use the extra latex paint as a base coat on larger jobs. If you can’t make use of the paint yourself, ask a neighbor or local community organization if they can use it.

Recycle the Rest
Retailers like Kelly-Moore, Dunn-Edwards and Sherwin-Williams offer free recycling. Get complete details and locations at PaintCare. You can also recycle left-over paint at the City of Redding Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.