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Latex Paint Is Not Hazardous Waste
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The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) reminds homeowners that latex paint is not hazardous. How to tell if your paint is latex? Read the label. If the can's label states that the paint can be cleaned up using soapy water, it is latex. Because it is water-based, it is easy to dry out and dispose of in the trash. Remember, do not throw away liquid paint.
The MCMUA recommends using the paint up before disposing of it, but if you must throw it away, follow these simple steps:
Open the can of Latex paint and stir in kitty litter or a paint hardener. Keep stirring the kitty litter until the paint becomes concentrated and clotted.
The finished product should be thick and clumpy, with the texture of oatmeal. Keep the lid off the can and throw the Latex paint into the trash.
For multiple cans of Latex paint, line a shallow box with a trash bag and mix paint with kitty litter. Once dried, throw the bag away in the garbage.
Oil based paint is hazardous. If the label on the paint can reads cleanup with mineral spirits or turpentine, it must be taken to the MCMUA's household hazardous waste collection facility. Residents can make an appointment for disposal by going to www.MCMUA.com.
Click here to download our Paint Disposal Flyer
Want to watch Latex paint drying? Check out this short video on YouTube at:
March 11, 2022 -
"Keep Morris County Litter Free" $600 clean-up grants and $200 poster contest avaialble for schoold grades 5-12.
Click here for more information.
February 1, 2022 -
With retirement of Morris County District Recycling Coordinator, Liz Sweedy, the MCMUA announces its new recycling and clean communities team consisting of Anthony Marrone, District Recycling Coordinator; Chris Vidal, Assitant Recycling Coordinator and Christine Scano, Clean Communities Coordinator.
December 20, 2021 -
Get a Few Tips and Recycle Right For the Holidays.
December 10, 2021 - One dollar ($1.00) per ton solid waste tip fee increase scheduled for 2022.
Rates rise just under 1% to $102.50/ton starting Jan. 1, 2022.
December 6, 2021 - Counting Down to NJ's 2022
Plastic Carryout Bag and Polystyrene Foam Ban.
November 22, 2021 - "Thanksgiving is for sharing," stated
Dave Cole, the MCMUA's Supervisor of Curbside Recycling.
- November 15, 2021Get $50 when you recycle your working fridge or freezer with JCP&L's Appliance Recycling Program
- November 4, 2021 - New NJ Law - Plastic Straws Are Now By Request Only.
October 30, 2021 - Mendham Township is holding a paper shredding fundraiser event on Sat. October 30, Mendham Library 2 West Main Street, Brookside, 8:30AM-12 noon.
Cost is $5 per grocery bag and $10 per banker’s box for paper shredding. Resident with question can call the library 973-543-4018.
Click here for list of other paper shredding options.
October 1, 2021 - Lost wallet picked up by MCMUA and discovered
at the Republic Services recycling center was returned to rightful owner.
October 1, 2021 - MCMUA will be taking part in the Morristown Festival
on the Green on Sunday, October 3. Stop by to get recycling and trash decals, recycling market updates, and more.
August 12, 2021 - How to dry latex paint for disposal. It's not hazardous.
August 2021 - Stop fires caused by improper disposal of pressurized containers, metal chemical cylinders, and rechargeable batteries
July 9, 2021 - Cleanup of Waterloo Valley Road & Stephen's State Park in Morris County
- July 2021 - NJ's Bag Ban is Coming in 2022
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