Paint Brushes, Paint Rollers, and Rags


Brushes and rags that have been contaminated with hazardous waste (non-latex paints, cleaners, thinners, strippers, etc.) and/or waste solvents cannot be placed in the trash, and must be disposed of as hazardous waste through EH&S.

Rollers, brushes, rags, and trays which are used for latex paints only may be disposed of as regular trash and placed in a dumpster or garbage can once the paint has been allowed to dry completely.

Paper towels, wipes, rags or absorbents that have been contaminated with paint/paint thinner waste or solvent waste must be collected as hazardous waste in a steel safety container and disposed of through EH&S. To request a special container for this purpose, contact the Chemical and Radioactive Waste Disposal group at 392-8400.

Any excess liquid which separates and pools in a solid waste container (such as a waste paint roller container) must be poured off into a liquid waste container; EH&S will not collect solid waste which is mixed with large amounts of liquid paint, solvent, or oil.