If your cans are still near-full, you may want to first try giving them away. Consider listing them as a free item on Craigslist or Freecycle.
Recycle via Drop-off:
Rockys Ace Hardware
633 Putnam Pike
Greenville, RI 02828
This site accepts latex and oil-based house paint, stains and varnish in containers up to 5 gallons in size. This site does not accept aerosols (spray paint or other spray products), containers without original labels, or containers that are leaking or empty. Restrictions: Limit: 5 gallons per visit.
Hours: Paint is accepted during regular business hours; Call ahead for hours and to make sure the store can accept the amount and type of paint you would like to recycle.
Eco-Depot Collection Event:
Oil based paint and spray paints are considered hazardous household waste. Spray paint must be brought to the Eco-Depot, either the main location at the Central Landfill in Johnston or at one of the satellite locations held around the state. Smithfield will host household hazardous waste drop-off on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 8:00AM – 1:00PM. The Eco-Depot also accepts oil based paints and varnishes.
Near empty cans of Latex paint (water based) can be safely disposed of in your trash cart as long as the paint is fully hardened.
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