Residents will get a chance to clean the old paint out of their garages when Rutherford County holds its annual oil-based paint collection.
In compliance with standards set by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Rutherford County will collect household oil-based paint from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the convenience center located at 1140 Haley Road in Murfreesboro.
The actual Household Hazardous Waste Collection is from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 3, but paint of any kind will not be accepted at this event.
Latex paint, also called acrylic paint, is no longer collected at hazardous waste events because it is not actually a hazardous material. Instead, it is a nuisance waste that should be dried at home before disposing of in the regular trash.
For more information on proper drying methods, go to rutherfordcountytn.gov/environmental/education.
The clean-up process for latex paint is just soap and water.
The label for oil-based paint, also referred to as alkyd, requires solvents for clean-up of brushes and rollers. Oil-based paint is considered hazardous and must be disposed of properly.
This is the only opportunity in the immediate future to properly dispose of oil-based paint.
For more information, call 615-898-7739 or contact Environmental Education Coordinator Mimi D. Keisling at email@example.com.