How To Dispose Of Paint

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to inform the community of the proper way to dispose of paint and paint cans. Recently, a well-intended individual attempted to dispose of a paint can with the rest of their recyclable materials. However, the paint leaked and contaminated all of the other materials that were to be recycled. As a result the materials had to be disposed of at a landfill and not recycled.


MCA is reminding the community that wet paint is strictly prohibited from being disposed of with the regular trash or recyclables until it has dried out.


Once paint has dried out, the material it is on can be bagged and placed in the solid waste stream. All paint cans must be dry and lids must be removed.


If you have any questions regarding solid waste and recycling, please do not hesitate to contact the Dept. of Technical Services at 613-575-2250 Ext. 1004 or email