Paint Disposal Tips

You finally finished painting. There’s only a small amount of paint left, so there’s no need in holding on to it. You decide to toss it in the trash on garbage pickup day. Paint is household hazardous waste and disposing of it in this way is actually quite dangerous. Oil based paints contain ketones and methanol, which are highly flammable. Water based paints may not be flammable, but they contain a number of toxic chemicals including formaldehyde and ammonia. Irresponsibly disposing of your paint places your entire community in danger. Here are some tips to help you get rid of your paint.

Mix It

If you are using a latex-based paint, you may want to consider reusing it. Latex paints can be mixed together and reused. While this will alter the color of the paint, depending on the hue you might be able to use it as a base coat.

If not, you might have another project around your home where you can reuse the paint. Mixing and reusing the paint keeps this hazardous waste out of your trash can and it can also save you a little extra money. Making it better for the environment and your wallet.

Donate It

Consider donating your leftover paint to a deserving organization. If you have enough paint left over to use for a project, these organizations may be able to use it in the home of someone less fortunate. Habitat for Humanity is just one of the organizations that accepts donations.

Depending on how much paint you donate you may be able to get a tax receipt for a charitable donation. More importantly, you will know that not only are you protecting the environment, but you’re also helping others in your community who are in need.

Dispose Properly

If you have no use for the paint and want to get rid of it, you need to contact the facility in your area that handles hazardous waste. These companies generally have certain days of the week or month that they come out and collect household hazardous waste.

Contact a hazardous waste management company like Ohana Environmental Construction Inc for more information. There is also information online that can help you find a waste collection company or drop off site in your local community.

It’s each person’s responsibility to preserve the earth. Even something as minor as reusing your paint or disposing of it properly makes a big difference, so do your part.

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