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Recycling Tips

Left Over Paint

Here’s how you can put cans of left over paint into your garbage.

For Latex paint (water based):

  • Take off the lid and let the can air dry in a well ventilated area until the paint has hardened. Leave the lid off so that the sanitation worker can see that the can is empty or

  • Stir in some kitty litter until the litter clumps and is absorbed. The paint will harden within 24 hours. Again, leave the lid off to show the empty can.

Oil based paint, stains, spray paint cans and other hazardous materials can be disposed of through Erie County. The next drop off date is Saturday July 9th located in Brant, NY by appointment ONLY. Please call Hazman at 716-998-8073 to make an appointment or Erie County at 716-858-6800.


Regular household alkaline or zinc batteries can be disposed of in the trash. For a fee-based alkaline/zinc battery recycling program, visit:

State law requires retailers of Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Button and Lithium Ion batteries to accept them back for recycling. These retailers include: Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Sprint, Target, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus, and Verizon Wireless. Effective Dec. 5, 2011, state law prohibits persons from knowingly disposing of most rechargeable batteries in the garbage.

Additional information of recycling of household wastes can be found at:

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