Howdy all. I have a few quarts of unused paint to get rid of. They are
full quarts. If I leave the lids off of them will the paint eventually
dry out? The trash will take unused paint so long as it's dried out.
Around here the hazardous waste disposal sites will only accept paints
that are in fact HAZARDOUS, water based paints are not accepted and
you are advised to let them evaporate and let them be collected with
your household waste (garbage).
Kinda silly on their part- around here they decant the latex paint into big
barrels (when you mix multi-colors of latex, you get beige, no matter what
colors you start with), and use it on park restroom interiors and such that
basically have to be repainted several times a year to cover grafitti.
For those things, our trash company has amnesty days where you can take them
ANYTHING (except a dead body), and they will dispose of it. The nasty stuff
like acetone, MEK, and that sort of stuff. I think they get federal $$$ for
doing it, but we do get to drop the stuff off for free. Only downside is
that you have to take it to their location. Call 'em.
Earth Day is coming up. Round these parts (Metro DC) the counties have an
organized "hazmat drop-off" day in honor of the occasion.. Not just for hazmat
materials but anything construction related, esp. paint.
True hazmat (lead paint, banned pesticides , solvents, etc) goes into the decon
stream. Building materials which are reusable go into the reuse/remanufacture
So before you dry/toss check out your local options.
If you must dry and trash the paint, non-clumping kitty litter is recommended
to speed the process.
What is the life span of paint? I also have over a gallon
of Poly left over. THere is a copule of small rooms I plan
to poly this summer. I kept the paint in hte original
container with lid closed real tight. Am I an any danger?
You can either listen to the fine folks here or just jump to
http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=ls&a=Recycle&cat=1&serviceidfor info on getting rid of stuff like this in your local area.
Found the home link on the wooden paint-mixing sticks they give out at
Home Depot, BTW.
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