Proper Disposal of Paint and Other Hazardous Materials

MUD 501 works diligently to provide excellent garbage collection service to its residents. To that end, the Board would like to remind MUD 501 residents of the proper disposal of paint and other hazardous materials.  Recently, a resident disposed of a paint can in their trash and upon collection, the paint can burst, spilling brightly colored paint onto the street. While this may not appear at first as a major concern, the contrary is true. If not properly cleaned, the paint poses an environmental risk and could result in improper discharge into the storm sewers, which outfall into our lakes, the centerpiece of the Towne Lake community.

Residents can properly dispose of paint and other hazardous materials by scheduling an appointment to use Harris County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located at 6900 Hahl Road (at 290 and Gessner), Houston, TX 77040.  For more information about acceptable items and to schedule an appointment, please visit

Tip: Harrs County’s HHW Facility does not accept latex paint because it is water-based.  Latex paint that is solidified can be safely disposed of with your household trash.  The paint can be solidified by adding kitty litter or another absorbent material. In fact, hardware and paint stores often sell paint hardener products specifically designed to dry up unneeded extra paint.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss solutions for proper disposal of hazardous materials, please contact MUD 501’s garbage and recycling provider, Texas Pride, at (281) 342-8178.