Paint Exchange Closing June 30, 2016

Paint Exchange

*Closing June 30, 2016*

Starting July 1, residents will need to seek alternative methods of disposing their unwanted paint.

Please note, dumping of solid waste of any kind at the MMN baseyard or surrounding area is subject to fines from $10,000 to $25,000 per occurrence and could lead to felony prosecution in accordance with Chapter 342H, HRS.

Some Options for Proper Disposal

  • Find new homes for  usable paint by participating in online community exchanges like or
  • Habitat for Humanity’s Restore accepts new paint cans (unopened, not used) as a donation (986-8050).
  • Dispose of unusable latex paint by absorbing it into cat litter, shredded newspaper, or other absorbent (see video and written instructions below).

Paint Exchange instructions below apply through end of business day June 30, at which point the program will close

The video below includes instructions (at the 2min 23 sec mark) on how to solidify unusable latex, water-based, or acrylic paint for landfill disposal
Paint Exchange Malama Maui Nui

Maui Paint Repurposing

The paint exchange is a year-round service that offers a place for community members to drop off usable latex/acrylic/water-based paint, which others can take free of charge.

Drop off usable paint at the Mālama Maui Nui baseyard during our hours of operation only (Tuesday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm). Partially-filled cans are accepted as long as they are at least half full and the paint is still in good condition. People needing paint can visit the baseyard during the same office hours to see what is available for the taking.

Whether you are dropping off or picking up paint, you must check in at the front office. For questions or more information, contact Mālama Maui Nui.

Your Paint’s No Good?

The Paint Exchange is only for good paint!

We cannot accept oil-based paints nor any other household chemicals (even if paint-related); we only take usable latex/acrylic/water-based paint for the Exchange. Paint that smells like rotten eggs or is no longer able to be mixed when stirred is BAD and should be solidified and taken to the landfill.

How to Dispose of Bad Latex Paint:

        1. Put kitty litter, shredded newspaper, or some other absorbent in a plastic bag.
        1. Mix the old paint with the absorbent until it dries and hardens; add more absorbent as needed for mixture to solidify.
        1. Once dried, close the bag and put it in two other plastic bags (i.e. triple bag it) and take it to the landfill.
          Do NOT put the solidified triple bag into your residential garbage can, because the bag can get torn open while in the back of the dump truck en route to the landfill.