Your go-to guide for waste & recycling in the Twin Cities.
Leftover paint that is still liquid shouldn't go in the garbage. Instead, consider saving the paint for future small projects. Our paint storage tips below will help you keep paint in good condition.
If you need to dispose of paint, there are many easy recycling paint recycling options in the Twin Cities.
Don't put unwanted leftover paint that is still liquid in the garbage.
Take paint, stain and varnish to a county household hazardous waste drop-off site or a PaintCare retail drop-off location. Hours and amounts accepted vary. Call before you go.
If the paint can is dry, it's OK to put empty paint cans (plastic or metal) in the garbage. Leave the lid off to show that the can is empty and dry. Ask if your recycling service provider may accept empty metal paint cans.
You can dry out small amounts of latex paint (less than 1 inch left in the can) in a well-ventilated area. Simply remove the lid to let the paint dry out. Stir occasionally to speed up the process or add kitty litter to help absorb moisture. Place the lids and the cans with completely dried paint in your garbage.
If paint rollers and brushes cannot be reused, dry them out and place them in the garbage.
Oil-based products typically require the use of thinner or other solvents for cleaning. Solvents can be flammable and/or toxic, and should never be thrown away, poured down the drain or dumped on the ground. For more information on proper disposal, see paint thinner and solvents.
Purchase only the amount of paint you'll need for the project. Carefully measure the space to be painted and calculate the area of the space (height x width = total area). Then determine how many coats of paint are needed before purchasing paint. See the can label for information.
You also can use this rule of thumb: Purchase one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet of area to paint. Ask your paint retailer for additional help.
November - March Wed. 2 PM - 8 PM Sat. 9 AM - 3 PM Closed holidays.
April - October Mon. 9 AM - 3 PMWed. 2 PM - 8 PM Fri. 9 AM - 3 PM Sat. 9 AM - 3 PM Closed holidays.
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 12 PM – 6 PM Fri. 10 AM – 4 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Wed. 12 PM – 7 PM Thur. 11 AM – 5 PM Sat. 8 AM – 12 PM
Does not Accept:
► Business hazardous waste ► Construction & demolition debris ► Furniture ► Mattresses & box springs ► Trash/garbage ► Wood (other than tree debris)
Must have valid ID. Drop-off hours: Wed. 9am-8pm Thurs. noon-8pm Fri. 9am-5pm Sat. 8am-5pm Sun-Tues closed
Please visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore website for more guidelines on items that are accepted for donation.
Items Accepted for Donation: Appliances Bricks or Block Cabinets Countertops Carpet Doors Electrical Fireplace Inserts Flooring Hardware HVAC Insulation Lighting Lumber Mirrors Office Furniture Paint Plumbing Plywood Siding Sinks Toilets Tools Tubs Water Heaters Windows Window Covering
Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10 AM - 6 PM Wed. 10 AM - 8 PM Sat. 8 AM - 5 PM (no organics on Saturdays)Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Open to residents of Hennepin, Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Ramsey and Washington Counties.
Bring proof of residency, such as a driver's license or utility bill and payment if applicable.
April - NovemberTuesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.Sunday - Monday: Closed
December - MarchFriday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.Sunday - Thursday: Closed
Closed: Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Independence Day.
Seasonal collection sites
April – Maplewood
May – Arden Hills
June – Roseville
July – Arden Hills
August – Saint Paul
September – State Fairgrounds
October - Maplewood
For more information, visit Ramsey County's website, or call 651-633-EASY (3279), answered 24/7.
Accepts bulbs for recycling for free.
Accepts household hazardous waste for free.
HHW Reuse Room for residents to take and use products that are still good.
Tues, Thurs., Fri. 10 AM - 6 PM Wed. 10 AM - 8 PM Sat. 8 AM - 5 PM Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.
Open Year-Round Tues. Noon - 7 PM Thurs. 9 AM - 2 PM Sat. 9 AM - 2 PM Closed holidays.
Accepts Household Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Recycling, Holiday Lights, Small items of Scrap Metal, Plastic Bags and Sheet Plastic