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  • Cleanup with Mineral Spirits / Paint Thinner
  • Ingredient list may include “Linseed Oil”
  • Warning Label – Flammable, Combustible
  • Factory Packaged in a Metal Container

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  • Soap and Water Cleanup
  • Ingredient list includes “Water”
  • Warning Label does NOT mention anything about Fire.
  • Factory Packaged in a Metal OR Plastic Container

If you are still uncertain please feel free to contact us via email or call 269-224-2418

Paints are generally referred to as being oil based or water based.

If you have trouble determining your paint check it’s method for cleanup.

If you can use soap and water for clean-up that usually indicates that it’s a water based latex paint.

If the recommendation is mineral spirits or paint thinner, that indicates that it is probably oil or solvent based. Also look at the warning label on the container. If it states something like “flammable, combustible, keep away from flames, vapors may ignite, …” then this is a solvent based paint.

If you are still having trouble determining which type of paint that you have, look for an ingredient list. Typically it will say water or some type of oil. (i.e. Linseed Oil) Alkyd is oil based.

Behr does have a product that looks like it is oil based, it says, “Oil Penetrating Formula” and then right below it says, “Easy Water Cleanup” this wood stain is a water soluble formula.


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No, we cannot accept paint once it has been mixed with anything including other paint.

If it contains any liquid, no. Some paint is considered HHW (household hazardous waste) and cannot be thrown into the trash if it is not completely dry. Even if it is dry, contact your garbage company for specific requirements. But remember, if you recycle with us, we not only recycle the old paint, we recycle the plastic and metal container components, keeping virtually everything from entering the landfill.


Yes and yes! As long as it has not been mixed with anything and is still in its original container. We do not accept paint with lead or mercury.


We charge for all paint based on the container size and type of paint.

  1. Our vehicles, depending on the route, can only carry a specific amount of cans. 500 full cans or 500 partially full cans,  they both take up the same amount of space
  2. Trying to calculate how much is in each can would be a never ending task. We have developed a flat rate per can method that takes into account that most cans only contain a partial amount of paint.
  3. We have different rates depending on the type of paint. Whether the paint is latex or oil/alkyd based determines our methodology for the recycling process. Oil/alkyd based paint recycling is the more complicated and costly of the processes.


Prices vary by the quantity, size and type of paint. Visit our price calculator here.


It cost a lot of money to collect, transport, and properly process your old paint to minimize the amount of waste that enters the landfills.

Our paint recycling process reduces the amount of landfill waste by approximately 96%

The answer everyone hates to hear? It depends. Based on how you’ve stored your paint, it may last up to 10 years. On the other hand, if you’ve moved it in and out of your house and exposed it to extreme changes of temperature and light, it may only last for 6 months.