In cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), the Village of Niles had collected latex paint for recycling on the first Wednesday of each month. Unfortunately, this program will no longer be funded by SWANCC; therefore, it has been discontinued. The last collection date was Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Over the past year we were able to recycle almost 1,400 gallons of paint through this program.
While the recycling program will no longer be offered, residents wishing to recycle latex paint may still do so at some area hardware stores. A complete listing of participating stores can be found at the Earth Paints website. Additionally, many local theater groups, churches, and housing authorities also accept leftover paint and put it to good use. Should you have a significant amount of paint that is usable, you may wish to contact Habitat for Humanity at 847-742-9905 to make a donation.
If recycling is not an option or you do not have enough to donate, the easiest way to dispose of paint would be to use it up completely by applying another coat of paint to your project. However, should you need to dispose of latex paint, let the can dry out completely and place it in your regular garbage container. Shredded newspapers, kitty litter, or Waste Paint Hardener (available at most hardware stores) can be added to the paint to quicken the hardening process. Remember: Let the paint dry out completely in a well ventilated area away from children and pets. After the paint has completely dried you may place the container in your garbage for collection. Residents that have additional questions may contact the Niles Public Services Department at 847-588-7900.