Paints and Stains

(Last Updated: 3/26/2019)

Disposal information depends on the type of paint you have: latex-based or oil-based. Read the disposal section below.

Information is for household items only. View business, non-profit, and agency information.

  1. Empty cans go in your garbage with the lids off.

  2. Latex paint is not hazardous and can go in your garbage once dry. Dry small amounts of latex paint by mixing kitty litter or instant concrete mix into the can, or by leaving the lid off in a well-ventilated place away from children and pets.

  3. Dry larger amounts of latex paint by painting a piece of cardboard or pouring paint onto a tarp. Let the paint dry before putting the cardboard or tarp in the trash. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility accepts latex paint that you cannot dry at home.

  4. Oil-based products like paint, primer, stains, and wood sealers are hazardous and should not go in the trash. Take these to the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for free disposal. Visit the facility webpage for hours and instructions on using this facility. Large loads require an appointment.

  5. Oily rags are hazardous and should not go in the trash. Follow the instructions for disposal of oily rags before taking them to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.


Three tips for reducing paint waste

  1. To minimize excess paint and save money, use an online paint calculator before heading to the store. 
  2. Instead of buying a basecoat, use your leftover light-colored paint.
  3. Check the Kitsap County "Swap Shop" reuse shed at the HHW facility for leftover good-condition paints. Availability varies from day-to-day.


Although there is no charge for Kitsap and Mason County residents to use the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Collection Facility, we ask that you help us manage costs by only bringing what you cannot manage at home.