If you’ve emptied a can of paint, you can recycle the can!
Empty Paint Cans
As long as its empty (i.e. half an inch or less of remaining paint), metal paint cans and lids that contained latex or oil paint cans can be recycled in your bin. Just let the can dry so that any remaining lining of paint is dry to the touch, then recycle it in your mixed recycling bin with your other single stream items.
Empty Spray Paint Cans
Make sure the spray paint can is completely empty, then toss the entire can (including the lid and nozzle) in your recycling bin. Please make sure no pressure remains to protect waste haulers and recycling employees.
Any Remaining Paint (Non-Empty Cans)
- Latex paint
- Bring to Household Hazardous Waste facility: Latex paint is not considered hazardous but is still accepted at the Sioux Falls HHW Facility for recycling and reuse.
- Dispose in Trash: Because latex paint is not hazardous, you can also discard it in the trash. A nice trick is to pour into a box with shredded paper or kitty litter and let dry before disposing in your trash bin. Remember to recycled the empty, dry can!
- Oil-based paint
- Bring to Household Hazardous Waste facility: Oil- based paint is considered hazardous, so the best option for disposal is the Household Hazardous Waste facility.
- Spray paint
- Bring to Household Hazardous Waste facility: Bring spray paint cans with paint remaining inside to the Sioux Falls HHW Facility (If empty, you can recycle it in your recycling bin – but make sure there’s no pressure to protect recycling workers).