Sometime after painting works, there will be instances of paint leftovers. These are paint that weren’t used or excesses. Proper disposal of paints is crucial because it will help prevent hazardous conditions in environment and inside homes. Know some ways to deal with leftover paints before tossing out a liter can in your backyard.
1. Locate Paint Recycling Centers – In US, there are paint recyclers that handles leftover paints such as paintcare.org, a non-profit organization that has several drop off site locations across US. Paintcare.org also represent paint manufacturers. It operates stewardship programs in the US and helps in educating the public about proper paint disposal and paint storage. On the other hand, in Canada Loop Recycled Products Inc and Sarcan Inc helps in reducing and recycling waste paint. Another is Product care that was tasked by Waste Diversion Ontario to handle waste paint stewardship and recycling programs.
2. Store Paint Properly – Storing paint in a right way will make your paint last longer and avoid from freezing and hardening. When opening a paint can, use apaint key instead of screw driver to avoid bending the lid. Gently tap lid with mallet or a piece of wood before closing. Secondly, use a cling wrap to close paint since cling wrap acts as a sealant. Third, clean paint rim by removing paint residues around the rim and its edges.
3. Donate Paint – Send leftover paint to the needy and non profit organization that need paints. They can be used in classroom, orphanage, walls and fences or extra renovation works. Some paints can be donated to NGOs such as the Global Paint for Charity (GPC) which helps in keeping out paints from dumpsites water resources. Likewise, Habitat for Humanity also accepts donated paints for their house construction projects. Donating paint is a good idea than dumping a waste paint in drainage.
4. Recycle Paint Cans – Before sending paint cans to recycling facility, remove excess paint and send them local recycling company. Paints can be flattened and recycled just like scrap aluminum and other ferrous and non ferrous metals. Recyclers can turn them into new products and eventually new paint cans.