Paint and other hazardous products in your home don't belong in the trash or down the drain. To prevent pollution of our environment try to buy the right amount of paint / product. This will cut down on unnecessary waste. If you do have leftover paint / products bring it to the Otter Tail County Household Hazardous Waste Facility / Product Exchange Facility or to the nearest Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Please refer to the PaintCare brochure for more information on recycling paint. 

The Paint Calculator
Calculating paint before you buy, may just add up to saving you money and the environment!
  • Measure the area you plan to paint
  • Calculate Total Square Feet (Height x Width = Total Square Feet)
  • Remember that one gallon of paint covers about 300 to 400 square feet
Leftover Paint
  • Use up extra paint on a different project or find someone who could use it
  • Small amounts can be dried by taking the lid off and set in a ventilated area - once the paint is dry, throw the can and dry paint in your garbage
  • Empty dry, metal paint cans can be recycled with tin cans
  • Small amounts of paint can be applied onto newspapers to dry - when dry, throw the newspapers in the garbage

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