Paint and paint cans: oil-based paint

Recommended disposal options


Recycle unused paint at a PaintCare retail drop-off site near you. Products must be in original containers with a label and secure lid. Containers must be no larger than 5 gallons. Call retailers first for requirements.

Other disposal options

Hennepin County drop-off facilities

See restrictions and instructions below:

Drop-off facilities accept:

Oil-based paint and cans


No charge

Drop-off limit

Three 5-gallon pails of oil-based paint per household per 12 month period. This limit does not apply to 1-gallon-sized cans.

Drop-off facilities do not accept:

No paint or paint cans used for business purposes, including home businesses and property managers.

Find paint and paint recycling options for businesses at

Rethink and reduce

Buy only the amount of paint that you need. See the
Paint Calculator to calculate the amount of paint you need.

Household hazardous waste

For information about storing and transporting paint, see guidelines for household hazardous waste.

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