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Purchasing recycled latex paint

Anyone can buy it from the City of Hobart: $3/gallon
Non-profits & government organizations: FREE!!!

The color is putty or grayeige, a nice neutral for any paint project, inside or outside. Check out the Portage Township Y's use of recycled latex paint.

Top Reasons to buy recycled latex paint from Hobart’s Paint Recycling Program

  • It’s inexpensive!
  • It makes a great primer.
  • You are reusing something that could have ended up in a landfill, so you are saving natural resources.
  • It demonstrates that you are being environmentally-conscious.
  • If gray/beige is your color, it's a winner!
  • You help decrease the demand for manufacturing new paint, ultimately reducing the need for energy and resources. 
  • Your purchase helps to make the intergovernmental agreement between Porter County Recycling and the City of Hobart a success!

Managing latex paint disposal:

We no longer accept latex paint at household hazardous waste collection events. 

Two ways to dispose of your unwanted latex paint. 

  1. Donate usable unwanted paint to the City of Hobart
  2. Throw away unwanted paint in your curbside trash. Read on!

1. Donate usable unwanted paint to the City of Hobart

We partner with the City of Hobart to offer our residents the opportunity to recycle their unwanted but USABLE latex paint. Take your USABLE paint directly to the City of Hobart facility during hours of operation.

Please make sure that your paint can be recycled using these guidelines: 

Acceptable latex paint:

• Gallon cans more than half full
• Obvious sloshing sound of liquid inside
• Lid properly secured
• Cans not corroded/rusty

Unacceptable latex paint:

• Cans are smaller than one gallon 
• Gallon cans are less than half full
• Cans are corroded/rusty 
• Rattle noises heard when shaken
• Paint sitting longer than one year
• Paint was stored in unheated areas, like garages or sheds, over winter or paint that was obviously frozen  

2. Throw away unwanted paint in your curbside trash

Latex paint can safely be thrown in the trash when:

1. The paint is dried.
2. The lid of the paint can remains off and thrown away separately.

In order to dry out your unwanted latex paint:

  • If the cans are less than half full; leave the lids off and let them air dry.
  • If the cans are mostly full, you may need to pour some of the paint into another container to decrease drying time.
  • To expedite the drying process, stir in non-clumping cat litter, dirt, or inexpensive paint drying products that you can purchase from a home improvement.