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Division Manager: Margo Gillaspy


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The Skagit County Hazardous Waste Facility no longer accepts latex paints. New research shows latex paints can safely be placed into the garbage if they are solidified (dried). [Flyer]

What is Latex Paint?

Look on the can for key words, ‘water based,’ ‘soap and water clean up.’ Oil based paint will have key words, ‘alkyd,’ and ‘clean up using solvents.’

How to solidify (dry) Latex Paint

Small amounts (less than 1 inch): Remove lid and paint will dry.
Large amounts: Mix 50/50 with kitty litter, sawdust, or shredded paper or mix in a commercial paint hardener like ‘Waste Away.’
Paint is dry enough when it has an oatmeal-like consistency and will not spill out of can.

How to dispose of solidified (dry) Latex paint
Remove the lid and throw away with your garbage
Do not throw away ANY liquid paint or paint cans with lids intact
Research shows latex paint/stains can safely be placed into the garbage if they are solidified (dry)
Just say no to wasteful living:
  • Say no to disposable items
  • Say no to packaging
  • Say no to junk mail
  • Sound Shredding & Recycling
    For information about free confidential document paper shredding dates in your area contact Sound Shredding 360-733-7932
Reducing your consumption saves you money and our natural resources.
  • Look for products and packaging made from renewable resources
  • Close the loop: buy products made from post-consumer recycled material
  • Choose products that have fewer disposable parts
  • Use a reusable water bottle, travel mugs, shopping bags, lunch bags
  • Zero Waste Homes
  • Plastic Free Living
Rot (Compost)


Reuse is to use an item more than once. Conventional reuse is when something is used again for the same function. New-life reuse is when an item is used for a new function. By taking useful products and exchanging them, without reprocessing, reuse helps save time, money, energy and resources. What can you reuse today, before throwing it out or recycling it?

Community Education Programs
Zero-Waste Schools:
Skagit County's Public Works Solid Waste Division Community Outreach Specialist provides a number of education programs to schools, including:
  • Classroom Visits: we'll visit your student's classroom to teach them about recycling, composting, and resource reduction. We offer a unit on decomposition, and a unit on waste reduction/recycling. Teachers can choose one or both. Intended for grades 4-6.
  • Waste-Free Lunch Program: we'll apply zero-waste principles to creating a waste-free lunch box for students from kindergarten to high school. Participation in this program can help your school attain a zero-waste cafeteria with a comprehensive compost and recycling system.
  • Waste Audits: we'll conduct an audit of one school's days waste and recycling to determine how much is being recycled and how much is being thrown away that could be recycled, and look for opportunities to reduce or prevent waste.
  • Tours: upon completion of the new Skagit County Transfer and Recycling Station in 2012, we'll offer tours and small group discussions for elementary through high school classrooms.

Master Composter/Recycler Program

Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer Training: we offer yearly free comprehensive training in recycling and composting in exchange for volunteer service. Find us on Facebook

Skagit Valley Herald Recycling Columns

For more information
Contact Callie Martin, Skagit County Public Works Solid Waste Division Community Outreach Specialist, (360) 416-1575, or