If you’ve taken a look in your garage recently, chances are you have a shelf or a corner where old or unused house paint cans are collecting dust. Unfinished projects, or excess purchases, can leave you with buckets of house paint that you don’t want or need.
Paint can be toxic to the environment if the proper disposal methods aren’t used. Always take precautions when throwing out paint to ensure that it won’t cause harm.
Find a recycling center near you
A quick internet search will yield results of paint recycling facilities near you. Many of these centers offer free paint recycling services for a set number of gallons. Search online or contact your local government to find out more about recycling options in your area.
Make the paint safe for disposal by using a paint hardener
If you just have a small amount of paint to dispose of, you can use a paint hardener to make it safe to throw out. You can find a paint hardener like this one by Cobzorb online or at your local hardware store. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and then you’ll be safe to throw the dried paint into a garbage bin.
Use the kitty litter method to dispose of larger amounts of paint safely
For larger amounts of paint, you can mix the paint with equal parts kitty litter and stir. Wait for the mixture to harden (about one hour). The kitty litter will absorb moisture and dry out the paint. Once the mixture is dry, you can safely dispose of the can of paint in the garbage.
The above methods are safe ways to dispose of paint without causing environmental harm. For paint that you don’t intend to throw out, always be sure to store it properly. Paint cans should be kept in a cool dry place like a basement or garage, and brushes and rollers should be stored properly as well. Keep the cans off of the floor to prevent rust from excess moisture. Always make sure that the lids are properly sealed to prevent spilling and spoiling.