Oil-Based Paint & Solvents

Oil-based paint and the solvents used to remove this type of paint (i.e. mineral spirits, paint thinner, turpentine) are flammable, hazardous materials that should be disposed of properly. The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District accepts oil-based paints (not latex) and household solvents at our collection facilities.

Latex, or water-based paints are non-hazardous and can be dried out and disposed of in your regular trash. 

If the paint is still usable, you may be able to donate it to a local reuse non-profit, such as a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County also accepts usable paint donations for their painting projects. Contact them for drop-off instructions. 

If the paint is no longer usable, bring it to our Trumbull Collection Facility for proper recycling and/or disposal.


  • DO NOT dump paint or solvents on the ground or down storm drains where it will travel directly to surface and/or ground water.
  • DO NOT pour paint or solvents down the drain. While small amounts can safely be washed down the drain to a septic system or wastewater treatment plant, this practice should be kept to a minimum. Limit this to brush cleaning and other clean-up.
  • DO NOT throw liquid paint or solvents in the regular trash. Oil-based paints and solvents are flammable and can increase a risk of fire on waste collection vehicles and at landfills. 


  • Buy the correct amount of paint for your project. Determine how much paint you’ll need via a paint calculator offered by your local home improvement or decorating store website, or use a mobile app.
  • Not sure if you’ll like a color? Use paint swatches first or purchase a sample size.
  • Be creative and use up any paint that you have left over. Paint a birdhouse, a garage wall, or outdoor furniture.
Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District
Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District
5138 Enterprise Blvd. NW
Warren, Ohio 44481

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