If you’ve finished painting your house or trimming your gutters for the summer and are looking to clear out your garage for the winter months, make sure that you dispose of your paint products properly.
Disposing of paint improperly can do serious damage to your local environment. Paint is the number one thing that people bring to waste collection sites and there are many other things that can be done with leftover paint that you might have.
1. Save your paint for touch-ups: You never know when you might need to put an extra coat somewhere or realize that you ‘missed a spot’.
2. Ask neighbors, friends and family members if they are in need of paint.
3. Take your paint to a local community or non-profit organization: Some community sites provide swap tables where paint can be left for others to take. Earth 911 has information about sites that give you this opportunity.
4. Contact your local hazardous material resource center which might have additional information on how to recycle the paint.
5. Use the sawdust method. EHow mentions, “As a last option, if you must dispose of latex or water-based paint, fill a paper bag with sawdust, sand or cat litter. Pour remaining latex into the bag. Wait for the paint to be absorbed by the sawdust, sand or cat litter. Dispose of the paper bag with your household trash”.
Paint is an important resource that can become hazardous if we do not take care of it properly. Ask an attendant where you buy the paint about how to efficiently measure how much paint you think you’ll need. You can always come back for more later.
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