Recycling paint and motor oil
You can find information about 2019 events below. The events take place on Saturdays in four Boston neighborhoods and are only open to City residents.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- We don’t take paint and motor oil from businesses.
- We won’t take paints, stains, varnishes, and thinners that aren’t in original containers.
- Containers need to have labels that we can read.
- The most that you can give us is 20 containers.
- We don’t take aerosol paint cans.
- You need to show us proof of your Boston residency.
Paint and motor oil dropoff
From May through August, Public Works hosts swap shops for surplus paint products and dropoffs for used motor oil. We don’t take paint or motor oil from businesses.
We only take paints, stains, varnishes, and thinners that are in original containers and have labels that we can read. We only take 20 containers per resident and will not take aerosol paint cans. We don’t take paint from businesses.
we WILL take:
- interior and exterior latex and acrylic paint
- interior and exterior oil-based alkyd paint
- water-based and oil-based paint tubes
- solidified oil-based paint, stain, varnish, lacquer, and polyurethane
- usable thinner or paint remover, and
- paint stripper, linseed oil, and turpentine.
we WILL NOT take:
- lead-based paint
- mixed stains and varnishes
- wood preservatives or bleach, or
- mixed paint remover, thinner, or stripper.
CAN’T MAKE IT TO A PAINT SWAP?
Since it’s not hazardous, you can throw out latex and acrylic paint on your regular trash day. You need to make sure that the paint is completely dry inside the container before you throw it out.
You can pop the lid and let the paint air dry, or mix it with kitty litter, sawdust, or a paint hardener. Put the paint cans in a trash bag. Please don’t put more than two cans of paint in a bag.