Proper Paint Disposal

Painting is a messy ordeal no matter how small of a space there is to be painted. At least a little paint will always be left over when the job is finished. And according to a nonprofit company, 70,000,000 gallons of paint go on used each year.

Eventually the paint must be disposed of, and disposed of properly. If the lazy route is taken, it can be an environmental hazard and nobody wants that. So here's what you need to know about disposing paint properly.

Paint goes bad

Check and see if the paint is still good. If only the can is left you can throw it away or donate it to Habitat for Humanity. If the paint is in fact bad there's no reason to low let it take up space on your shelf.

To make paint last it's all about ceiling. Water-based paint, if sealed correctly, will last up to five years; and oil based paint will last up to ten years. You will know if the paint is bad by the foul smell, or it's a hard texture. Stirring it a little bit will indicate whether it's still good or not.

Proper disposal

Never ever pour paint down the drain or throw in the trash. It really matters where you live because different states and cities have different regulations regarding paint disposal. Check with your local waste disposal companies first.
Here are some basics to begin

Water-base: put them in a well ventilated area without the lid to let the paint Harden. This may take a few weeks depending on the weather. To speed up the process kitty litter or paint hardener may be added. Once the paint is solid place it in the trash and recycle the can.

Oil-base: Federal and local regulations designate oil based paints as hazardous waste. They have strict procedures for disposing of this material paint.
Never let them dry like water based paints because they will email it dangerous fumes.
Local hardware stores may have paint drop off programs, or check online at Earth911, which will tell you the local recycling center in your neighborhood.

Drop off sites

Recently some states have passed laws to decrease leftover paint and promote the use of this paint. They encourage the proper disposal at no charge. has 786 sites in nine states; see if one is near you.

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