Disposing of Non-Hazardous Paint
Finally, if you wind up with extra paint, you must assess whether or not it is hazardous waste. If you determine that the paint is not dangerous, you can dispose of it in an approved landfill. You should never pour paint down the drain, sewer, ground, or stream. Because Missouri landfills do not accept liquids, paint must be made solid before disposal. To harden Latex paint, combine it with an absorbent such as cat litter, mulch, or sawdust and allow it to dry. Waste Paint Hardener, which may be applied to gallon containers to harden paint, is also available in paint and hardware stores. If you find that the paint is a hazardous waste, you must treat it as such.
How to Dispose of Different Types of Paint
Oil-Based Paint Disposal
Because of the chemicals in them, oil-based paints are frequently hazardous waste. Try to identify information on the paint label. However, if you can’t, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Instead, keep the paint in the can and allow it to dry naturally; to speed up the process, add an equal quantity of kitty litter, sawdust, or a professional paint hardener. Once the paint has dried, transport it to a hazardous waste center to guarantee proper disposal.
Getting Rid of Latex-Based Paints
Latex-based paints, like oil-based paints, need to be dried first and blended with drying agents, but there is one key difference: latex paints are not typically considered harmful materials. As a result, once dried, you can dispose of them in the same manner as other waste products. However, it is critical not to put latex-based paint on the grass or down drains since this pollutes the water, soil, and surrounding ecosystem. Also, if your latex paint has an odd odor before drying, it’s likely that it’s already ruined and should be destroyed sooner rather than later.