One of our most common questions here at Snap Junk Removal is whether we can take PAINT and some other garage chemicals like pesticides and paint thinner. Unfortunately we cannot haul this household hazardous waste. The landfills won’t accept it, and businesses such as ours are not allowed to take it to the local recycling centers. The follow up question our customers typically ask is: “where can I take it then?”. It’s not always easy to keep up to date on recycling center locations/hours/policies, but here is an update nonetheless:
For Harris County there are five main facilities (out of several recycling facilities), and in Montgomery County there is one facility, that accept some of the more hazardous waste like paints and pesticides. We are highlighting these locations because of the paint issue, but there are several other recycling facilities throughout Harris County and Montgomery County that accept many other recyclables like mattresses, refrigerators, tires, and more.
OPEN: For Recyclables Monday - Saturday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch Closed County Holidays ACCEPTS: Paper, Cardboard, Cans, Scrap Metal, Plastics #1-7, Glass Bottles and Jars, Plastic Bags and Plastic Film, Styrofoam Blocks, Rinsed Styrofoam (Containers, Cups, Plates), Appliances, Yard Waste, Antifreeze, Car Batteries, Motor Oil and Filters, Tires (fee), Textiles, Electronics, Rechargeable Batteries, Cell Phones, Ink Jet Cartridges, Latex Paint (fee) NOTES: Montgomery County residents only. Disposal fees may apply.
OPEN: For HHW Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch Third Saturday of each month: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Closed from 11:30 to 12:30 for lunch Closed County Holidays ACCEPTS: Latex and Oil Based Paint, Stains, Solvents, Mercury Containing Objects (Fluorescent Bulbs, Thermometers, Thermostats), Lawn Chemicals (Fertilizer, Herbicides, Pesticides), Cleaning Products NOTES: Montgomery County residents only. Disposal fee applicable to these items.
Can’t make it to the recycling center? Try this:
Other options for disposing of paint typically include steps to dry the paint out before disposal. You can do things like putting cat litter or sawdust in the paint and leave the lid open in the sun to let it dry (rock hard dry), pour the leftover paint over some carpet or wood to let it dry, poor the paint in some bags of clothes you were planning on disposing of anyway. The point is, its more acceptable to throw away the paint once it is completely dry because there is no flammable solvent left, and there is less chance of the toxic chemicals in paint getting redistributed to the environment once its dry and adhered to a surface. Recycling is preferred however.
Now that you've got the paint situation under control, call Snap Junk Removal at 281-610-6682 to rent a dumpster or have our guys do all the work and haul off for you!