It’s usually the case that after renovations or makeovers, there’s always some paint still left over in the can that you aren’t going to use. But what do you do about it when that happens?
Since leftover paint can be hazardous, as it contains materials that can leak into the ground, and cause physical injury to sanitation workers, or contaminate septic tanks, you have to be careful when throwing it away.
Here’s what you need to know and to think about, before disposing paint.
1. If You Want To Throw It Out, You’ll Want To Dry It Out First
Wet latex paint can be hazardous, so dry it up. If there’s only a small amount of paint in the bottom of the can, leaving it out in the sun should do the trick. You can also try adding kitty litter or newspaper to help soak up the paint and speed the drying process
2. If You Can’t Properly Dispose Of The Paint, Let The Professionals Handle It
Reportedly companies like Lowe’s, Habitat for Humanity, and PaintCare accept leftover paint in order to recycle it. You can also try searching for a hazardous waste drop-off facility in your area at Earth911.com.
3. You Can Also Donate It
If you happen to know of someone else that could use the paint, why not hand them your leftover paint? You could just ask around, or call your local elementary school to see if they have any big art projects coming up, or even search for green building companies that might accept the extra paint.
4. Save It For Later
It has to be said, but if saving it works too. If sealed correctly, latex paint can last up to 10 years and oil-based paint up to 15 years. The EPA recommends keeping paint in its original container (never in food containers) with the original label, adding the date you opened it and room it corresponds to for good measure.