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How to Correctly Dispose of Paint and Paint Products

How to Correctly Dispose of Paint and Paint Products

Paint can’t be tossed out the way you’d throw out older food or used paper products.

A lot of chemicals require a unique way for waste removal, but not many people include paint in this category. However, it is true that paint can’t be tossed out the way you’d throw out older food or used paper products. Trashing any paint the wrong way can lead to some serious consequences, so read on to learn exactly how to dispose of paint safely and adequately while decluttering!

Disposing Any Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paints are typically considered hazardous waste because of all the additives in them. Try to see if you can identify any of them on the can’s label, but if you can’t, it’s wise to err on the side of caution. Instead, keep your paint in the can and leave it open to airy dry, then add an equal amount of cat litter, sawdust, or commercial paint hardener to shorten the entire process. Once it is dried, take it to a hazardous waste facility to make sure it is disposed of correctly. Like the Atlantic Waste Group, a waste removal company that specializes in this can take care of this for you.

Disposing Any Latex-Based Paints

Latex-based paints should be dried first and can also be mixed with drying materials, but there is one significant difference: latex paints are typically not considered toxic material. As such, they’re able to be tossed into the trash like any other waste materials once it has dried. However, it is important not to dump it out (or oil-based paints) onto the grass or down your drains, as this will contaminate the water, soil, and surrounding areas. Should your latex paint have an off scent before you dry it, chances are it is already spoiled and needs to be discarded right away with the help of waste removal company.

Repurposing Used Paints

Latex paint can be saved for later use by mixing it with new paint, so if you plan on using more paint in the future, it might be a good idea to save it until you really need it. You may also consider donating any unused paints that you’ve got left. Look into a few charitable organizations and programs that may be interested in taking it off your hands, too.

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