Drop-Off and Purchase Recycled Paint

Does Second Use accept used paint? Yes—latex paint!


We are pleased to be a service provider for GreenSheen, a paint recycling business with a location in Kent, serving the greater Puget Sound region. Unlike most items we collect, we do charge to drop-off paint, to cover the costs of storage and recycling. The charge is by the size of container, not the amount of paint inside. GreenSheen, and therefore Second Use, can only accept paint that has not dried and is in its original container, that does not contain mixed contents.


Fee for the collection of latex paint by container size:


  • 1 Quart: $2
  • 1 Gallon: $5
  • 5 Gallons: $20


GreenSheen recycles the latex paint we collect, locally at their facility in Kent. They recycle 90% of all latex paint collected, including the cans; so the reduction of waste is significant.

What do I do with non-latex paint?

Non-latex paint, including oil/alkyd-based paints and stains, spray paint/aerosol paint, and other solvents and cleaners; are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility. The closest facility to Second Use Seattle is the South Household Hazardous Waste Facility and the closest to our Tacoma store is the city of Tacoma’s Solid Waste facility.

For inquiries about our paint drop-off process, please contact us.


Metro 100% Recycled Paint Available at Second Use


Did you know that for every gallon of recycled paint you use instead of new paint, you save an estimated 100 kilowatt hours of energy and avoid the release of 115 pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment? That’s pretty significant, considering that the EPA estimates 10% of all paint that is purchased is never used. That adds up to 65 million gallons each year.

Second Use is pleased to offer a green alternative for your next painting project: 100% recycled latex paints. MetroPaint is available in 16 colors and is significantly cheaper than most other paints. It is consistent in color and exceeds standards of the Master Painters Institute. It can be used in both interior and exterior applications. Recycled paint is also eligible for points toward Built Green and LEED certification. See what we have in stock.


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