In light of recent rains as well as the current popularity of home buying/remodeling, the City is reminding residents to be sure that “paint wash” remains out of streets and yards. Water containing paint or other chemicals that washes into the streets ends up in storm drains, going directly to our waterways and creating an unhealthy environment for plants and aquatic life.

Latex (water-based) paint can be placed in the regular trash if it has been thoroughly dried/hardened. Richardson residents can take oil-based paint and other household chemical products, at no charge, to the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center, 11234 Plano Rd. Hours are Tuesdays 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Richardson Health Department has a web page that features a “handy paint estimator” to prevent buying too much paint, several ideas for using up leftover paint and ways to quickly dry up latex paint so it can be disposed. Visit it here.