Every year, a large amount of US homeowners throw out unused interior and exterior paint. If you think your old paint is no longer usable, you can throw it away. However, you should find out the most responsible and safest way to get rid of it. Mentioned below are the steps for when and how to dispose of leftover paint.
Think Before You Throw Old Paint Out:
Typically, latex paint can last up to ten years and oil-based paint may remain intact up to fifteen years, if sealed correctly. According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency,) if you want to store your leftover paint, you should keep the paint in its original container and with the original label. It is also important to add the date when you first opened it and room it corresponds to.
Dry Out the Left Over Paint Before Throwing it Away:
Wet latex paint can be hazardous. Therefore, you need to dry it out before just throwing it away. If there is only a small amount of paint in the bottom of the paint can, you can leave it out in the sun to dry. If there is a bit more paint and the sun can’t dry it, you can add kitty litter or paper to help soak up the paint., this will also speed up the drying process. If you have large amount of paint, you can buy a paint hardener at any of the home improvement stores. But before your just go throwing away the dried out paint with the rest of your household trash, you should check local guidelines, as they vary from place to place.
Find a Proper Disposal Location:
It is important to find a proper place to dispose of your leftover paint. In case you don’t find a proper place to easily dispose of the leftover paint, you should let the professionals handle it. There are many companies that accept leftover paint and reuse it. You can also look for a hazardous waste drop-of location in your area.