Many chemicals necessitate special handling, but few people think about painting as one of them. Paint, on the other hand, cannot be thrown away like discarded food or recycled paper. The incorrect way to dispose of paint may have significant repercussions, so keep reading to learn how to correctly and safely dispose of paint.

Disposing Oil-Based Paints

Because of the chemicals in oil-based paints, they are often regarded as toxic waste. See if you can spot some on the can’s label, but if you can’t, it’s best to be safe than sorry. To speed up the process, apply an equivalent amount of kitty litter, sawdust, or a commercial paint topcoat to the paint can and leave it open to air dry.

Disposing Latex-Based Paints

Latex-based paints, like oil-based paints, can be dried first and can be combined with drying products as well, although there is one significant difference: latex paints are usually not considered poisonous. As a result, after they’ve dried, they can be thrown out like other rubbish. It’s necessary not to throw it (or oil-based paints) in the lawn or down the drain because it contaminates the environment.

Repurposing Used Paint

If you plan on doing more paint jobs in the future, it may be a smart idea to conserve the spray paint before you need it. You may even think about donating some leftover paints. Look at local charities and services to see if they’d be involved in getting things off your back. 

Knowing how to correctly dispose of paint is much superior to merely dump it down the sink, whether you’re decluttering or simply don’t need it anymore. However, if you are unsure of where to begin or where to go, please contact us. Though we are unable to allow paint in our loads, we will be delighted to assist you in locating the appropriate drop-off center or another location where you can dispose of anything you have left.

Pontypridd, Wales – January 2020: Large industrial skip filled with waste after the refurbishment of a building.

All in All

If you aren’t going to use the paint on the walls again, compost it or use it up. Request paint from a neighbor, or use the leftovers to spruce up an old stool or bookshelf. Call your nearest elementary school to see if they have any upcoming major art programs, or look for green construction businesses that would take leftover paint.

Latex paint will last up to 10 years and oil-based paint up to 15 years if properly sealed. You’ll be grateful you saved the leftovers the next time your kid transforms the living room wall into a canvas or a piece of furniture scrapes the paint. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises storing paint in its original bottle (never in food containers) with the original name, including the day you opened it and the space it belongs in.

Place plastic wrap over the paint lid and hammer it down to close the can. Keep out of the hands of children and pets in a dark, dry position away from intense sunshine. If the paint has turned rough and lumpy, or if it has created an especially foul odor, it has most likely gone bad and should be discarded.