If you have stored, leftover paint to get rid of, here’s how to dispose of paint properly in your local area.
Finding a way to safely dispose of old paint after an exhausting paint job isn’t as easy as throwing it away in your weekly garbage bin, but your paint disposal options range from disposing of it yourself to getting someone to do it for you.
If you feel as though you don’t know what to do with old paint, you’re not alone. Most people have zero clue what to do with paint but keep reading to find ways to get rid of leftover paint supplies.
How to Dispose of Leftover Paint:
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Do Not Throw Away Paint in the Trash
The reason that you simply can’t throw away paint is that paint can be very toxic! In fact, the improper disposal of paint and paint cans is against the law in some states.
Why does paint receive this kind of special attention? It can contain a surprisingly wide array of compounds, and some are much more toxic and problematic than others.
For example, oil-based paint is typically the most toxic. Paint-related compounds, such as paint thinner, are also problematic and can be considered hazardous waste.
What to Do With Hazardous Paint
Drop off paint in an appropriate disposal location in your area that accepts hazardous materials. Look up what your city offers for proper paint disposal as it varies. For example, California residents and businesses can recycle leftover paint for free at local retail stores.
Do not throw away paint at the dump as it could leak toxic materials into the ground, contaminate the water supply, and can even reduce the air quality of an entire city.
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How to Harden Paint for Disposal
Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of this paint without ever having to leave your house? If you only have a tiny amount of paint to get rid of then consider letting it dry out in the sun. If there is no wet paint left in the can, you can throw it away. Be sure to check local paint disposal laws.
How to Get Latex Paint Ready for Disposal DIY
Specifically for latex paint, mix equal parts of cat litter and paint, stir, and let it sit for several hours until it thickens. Dirt, mulch and even shredded paper can be used as a paint hardener. Hardware stores and chains like Ace, Home Depot and Lowe’s also sell bags of paint hardener.
Ways to Use Leftover Paint
The easiest and fastest way to get rid of your extra paint is simply to use it again. Instead of buying new paint, reconsider the paint you already have on hand. Paint is usually not very eco-friendly, so putting all of your paint to good use is a step towards sustainable living!
Leftover paint projects:
- cover ups
Where to Donate Old Paint
Rules vary by state, but there may be programs out there to help you dispose of your paint.
Paint take-back programs
Paint take-back programs are a great way to deal with this issue. Try googling the name of your city or state with “paint take-back program.” There may very well be local paint stores or other businesses that have volunteered to take unneeded paint.
🎨Local Drop-Off Sites: Visit Paintcare.org for information on local drop-off sites for old paint.
Charities that take used paint
Some charities may have interest in your paint. Charities, such as Habitat for Humanity, will put your paint to very good use. Check with Habitat for Humanity and see if they have any interest in your paint. The time you invest emailing or calling them could be well worth it. Taking this step will help ensure that your extra paint is used to help complete and protect another home.
Use Eco-Friendly Paint Can Disposal Services
LoadUp specializes in the proper removal of all kinds of unwanted items including paint. Simply ensure that your paint is mixed with cat litter or dirt and we’ll come get it for you.
Paint will always be needed for remodeling or improving the look of your house or apartment. People also use paint for art projects or for giving furniture a fresh new look in the spring.
Or maybe you are seeking a new wall color or a new look for the exterior of your house to improve your home’s curb appeal. Whenever there is paint used, there almost always happens to be a little leftover paint that feels hard to get rid of.
If you have any questions about whether we will accept the type of paint you have and how to correctly prepare it, just send us a text. We look forward to taking that paint off your hands!
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