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Recycling Latex Paint: A Simple and Eco-Friendly Guide

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events, Trash Tips

Latex paint, commonly used for its ease of application and water-based properties, often ends up partially used in many households. Disposing of this leftover paint in an environmentally responsible manner is crucial to prevent pollution and promote recycling. This guide explores a straightforward method for recycling latex paint using everyday household items, alongside alternative disposal methods for those looking to minimize waste.

The Kitty Litter Method

One effective way to dispose of leftover latex paint involves using kitty litter, a readily available and inexpensive item. This method is particularly useful for latex paint, as oil-based paints require different disposal techniques due to their hazardous waste classification. Here’s how you can recycle latex paint using kitty litter:

  1. Prepare Your Paint: Start with a can of latex paint that’s partially full. Ensure there’s enough room in the can to add kitty litter.
  2. Add Kitty Litter: Pour kitty litter into the paint can, aiming for a ratio of 1:1. If the paint can is more than half full, consider transferring some paint into a lined cardboard box before adding kitty litter.
  3. Mix Thoroughly: Stir the mixture until the kitty litter and paint are fully incorporated, achieving an oatmeal-like consistency that won’t spill out.
  4. Let It Set: Allow the mixture to sit for about an hour. The kitty litter will absorb the paint, facilitating the drying process.
  5. Dispose Safely: Once the paint has hardened, you can dispose of the can in the trash with the lid off to indicate that it’s dry.

This method is endorsed by major paint brands and local governments alike for its simplicity and effectiveness in speeding up the drying process of latex-based paints.

Alternative Disposal Methods

If you prefer not to use kitty litter, there are other environmentally friendly ways to dispose of or recycle latex paint:

  • Donation: Consider donating usable paint to local charities, churches, or organizations like Habitat for Humanity. These groups often welcome building materials for their projects.
  • Air Drying: Simply removing the lid and allowing the paint to dry naturally is another method. Ensure this is done in a well-ventilated area, out of reach of children and animals.
  • Specialty Programs: Some states participate in programs like, offering paint recycling and collection services. Check their website for availability in your area.
  • Local Disposal Sites: For larger quantities or for those without the means to dry paint at home, local transfer stations or hazardous waste drop-off sites may accept liquid latex paint for hardening and disposal.


Recycling latex paint doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By using the kitty litter method or exploring alternative disposal options, you can ensure your leftover paint is dealt with in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Not only does this approach prevent potential pollution, but it also aligns with eco-friendly practices by minimizing waste and promoting recycling efforts.

Lemont’s 150th Anniversary Fest

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

Tri-State Disposal is thrilled to be one of the sponsors of Lemont’s momentous 150th Anniversary Fest on June 10. As a company deeply rooted in the communities we serve, we take immense pride in contributing to this noteworthy milestone in Lemont’s history. Joining forces with the Village of Lemont and various civic and community organizations, we are excited to be part of a yearlong celebration filled with historical sharing, engaging activities, and vibrant events. The Lemont 150th Anniversary Fest promises to be a highlight of this commemoration, taking place in the heart of historic downtown Lemont on Front Street. With an array of captivating local talent and activities for all ages, this event will truly honor our heritage while embracing the spirit of togetherness and joy that defines our community. We encourage everyone to come and join in the festivities as we celebrate Lemont’s rich history and bright future during this remarkable occasion!

Palos Heights Parks – Concerts in the Park

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

Tri-State Disposal was honored to be one of the proud sponsors of this year’s Palos Heights Parks and Recreation “Concerts in the Park” event. As a company deeply rooted in community engagement, we recognize the significance of supporting local initiatives that bring joy and togetherness to the neighborhoods we serve. By contributing to this wonderful event, we aimed to enhance the overall experience for the attendees, providing them with memorable evenings of music and entertainment in the heart of Palos Heights. We believe in the power of these gatherings to foster a strong sense of community spirit and enrich the lives of residents. Being part of “Concerts in the Park” aligns perfectly with our mission to actively contribute to the betterment of the places we call home. We look forward to continuing our support for such uplifting events that promote unity and enjoyment within the Palos Heights community.

Waste & Recycling Workers Week 2023

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

We want to take a moment to extend our most heartfelt gratitude and respect to the first responders in our communities. Our nation’s first responders have always been at the forefront of ensuring our safety and wellbeing, and today we want to highlight the often-unsung heroes who significantly enrich to our everyday lives – our waste workers.

The nature of waste management work requires consistent attention and relentless effort, through sunny days and natural disasters. We’ve all seen our waste and recycling workers hard at work day in and day out, ensuring our communities remain clean and our lives continue with normalcy. Despite the physical nature of their job and the hazards they encounter, these waste professionals perform their duties with great determination and responsibility.

To honor our dedicated waste professionals, we ask you to join us in celebrating Waste & Recycling Workers Week this summer. During the week of June 12-17, we encourage you to show your appreciation by serving those who serve our communities. Whether it’s a plate of cookies, a handmade card from a child, or a heartfelt handshake, your appreciation will mean the world to the waste and recycling workers in your community.

We hope you’ll join us the week of June 12-17 in honoring our waste first responders. For more information and ways to recognize Waste & Recycling Workers Week in your community, check out our celebration resources, or try some of the suggestions below.

Download Waste Workers Week Thank You

Blue Cap Golf Outing

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

Tri-State Disposal proudly participated in the charity golf outing for Blue Cap school in Blue Island, a meaningful event that aligns with our commitment to making a positive impact in the community. Blue Cap’s mission to support, encourage, and educate individuals with intellectual disabilities resonates deeply with our values. As part of our contribution, we provided custom golf towels to enhance the participants’ experience and show our support for this worthy cause. Additionally, we made a donation to further assist Blue Cap in their mission to enable people with intellectual disabilities to lead fulfilling lives and become valued members of their community. We wholeheartedly embrace Blue Cap’s vision of empowering 70% of the individuals they serve with meaningful work, volunteer positions, or desired social roles in the community by July of 2024. By participating in this charity golf outing, we hope to play a role in promoting inclusivity and creating positive opportunities for these deserving individuals.

Hot Dog Day! – Customer Appreciation

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

“Hot Dog Day” is an eagerly anticipated event that exemplifies our deep appreciation for our valued customers. As a gesture of gratitude, we host this special occasion to provide a delicious lunch experience for all those who have supported us throughout the years. Savoring tasty hot dogs and sharing conversations over a delightful meal is our way of saying “thank you” for their unwavering loyalty and trust. This cherished tradition allows us to strengthen our bond with our customers while expressing our heartfelt gratitude for their continued support.

K9s for Veterans!

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

This year’s annual summer charity drive was a resounding success as we rallied behind the incredible cause of K9s for Veterans. The mission of K9s for Veterans is to support veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their transition back to civilian life by providing them with trained service dogs. Throughout the campaign, we dedicated ourselves to raising awareness about the challenges faced by veterans with PTSD and to simplifying the process of obtaining service dogs so that they receive the help they urgently need.

The impact of K9s for Veterans is truly remarkable, as they not only provide free food and basic medical care for the service dogs throughout their lives but also save the lives of rescue dogs from kill shelters by training them to be these vital companions for our veterans. Witnessing the bond formed between the veterans and their service dogs, it’s evident that the question of “who rescued who” takes on a profound meaning. We wholeheartedly commit ourselves to being transparent and thoughtful stewards of the generous donations we receive, ensuring that as many veterans as possible benefit from our collective efforts.

Moreover, during the months of April, May, and June, Tri-State Disposal joined in the spirit of giving by pledging to contribute $5 from every dumpster they rented to the K9s for Veterans charity. This partnership has been instrumental in amplifying our impact, as each dumpster rental not only helps individuals with their waste disposal needs but also supports the mission of K9s for Veterans. The collective efforts of Tri-State Disposal and our generous donors have proven that by working together, we can create meaningful change and improve the lives of our deserving veterans and their devoted service dogs. Together, we can make a lasting difference for these struggling heroes and the dogs who devote their lives to them.​

Village of Merrionette Park Community Clean Up – Saturday | April 15, 2023

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

Get rid of any old or unwanted bicycles, clothing, furniture, household items, or up to 1-yard of light homeowner-generated construction debris (approx. 3′ x 3′ x 3′ pile).

Appliances such a refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dryers, dishwashers, and washing machines – all doors must be removed.

All items to be disposed of must be placed curbside at your regular pick-up location before 6AM on Saturday, April 15, 2023.




LOCATION:    11730 S. Kedzie Ave., Merrionette Park, IL 

Between the Merrionette Park Police Station and Village Hall.

Bring your unwanted flat panel television and monitors*, computers, game consoles, and media players.

*Older model tube televisions or monitors will not be accepted.

National Employee Appreciation Day – March 3, 2023

Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events

National Employee Appreciation Week is a special time to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of our team members. This year, we celebrated the occasion by expressing our gratitude with a heartfelt gesture. Each member of our exceptional team received a “Best Team Ever” t-shirt, personalized with their names on the back. This token of appreciation symbolizes the unity and camaraderie that make our workforce truly outstanding. We are incredibly grateful for the contributions of every individual, and this gesture serves as a small token of our immense appreciation for their unwavering commitment and outstanding teamwork.


Written by Tri State Disposal. Posted in News/Events



TRI-STATE DISPOSAL would like to educate customers about this rampant crime that has directly affected some of our customers and our business. 

What is Check Washing? 

Check washing can occur when someone innocently pays their bills with a check, then puts it in their home mailbox for pickup or drops it in the blue USPS box after the final mail collection. Criminals intercept the mail and perform a process called Check Washing. During this process a check is put in a bin with a chemical that removes the handwritten ink, the check is then dried allowing the criminal to write the same check to whomever in the amount of their choice. Often the person will acquire a fake ID and go to the bank that is listed on the check to cash the check. Sometimes checks that are clearly written out to a business are fraudulently cashed by an individual without any verification. 

How do you Protect Yourself? 

  1. Do Not Write Checks, if it is not necessary. Utilize your bank’s digital banking services to make payments on your monthly accounts. 
  2. Use Gel Ink Pens, they have been proven to “permeate the fibers on the check”, according to Experian. This makes check washing nearly impossible.
  3. Pay your bills online. 
  4. Avoid putting your bills in the blue USPS mailbox after the last pickup.
  5. Don’t leave your mail in your home mailbox overnight. 

What should you do if your mail is stolen? 

  1. Contact your bank to alert them that your financial/bank information has been compromised. 
  2. Create a list of outstanding checks and any regular incoming or outgoing ACH payments. You will need this information when you visit your bank. 
  3. Close the compromised checking account and open a new checking account. 
  4. File a police report with your local police department. This is an ongoing issue in our community and your report will help authorities direct the resources needed to eradicate the rampant bank, financial, credit card fraud, scams, and mail theft. 
  5. Email the United States Postal Service to submit a report about stolen mail or contact the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office by calling 1.877.876.2455.
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