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How to Properly Dispose of Paint and Consequences for Not Doing it Correctly

When planning to do a DIY paint job, you should also add proper disposal of leftover paint in your to-do list. Paint, especially the oil-based ones, should be treated as a hazardous waste material since they contain solvents and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Improper handling of such waste materials is not only detrimental to human health. It can also irreparably damage the environment. Of course, if you hire a Tucson commercial painting company to do the painting for you, they will also take care of the cleanup after the job is done.

Proper Paint Disposal

If you choose to do everything yourself, here are some things you can do to ensure proper waste disposal.

  • By buying the right amount of paint, you won’t have to deal with unused paint. That may sound impossible, but it can be done by measuring your walls and carefully computing how much paint you’ll be needing for them. Multiply the height and length of the wall to come up with a proper estimate of its square footage, but don’t forget to subtract for windows and doors. One gallon of paint can cover approximately 350 square feet with a single coat of paint.
  • Store unused paint. Make sure to tightly cover the mouth of the can with a plastic wrap to secure the lid. Store the paint can upside down in a place that doesn’t get too hot or too cold and is out of reach of pets and children.
  • Latex paints can be reused simply by blending them together. Of course, you can’t expect to have the best hue, but it is the most eco-friendly and economical way to reuse old paint.
  • Treat oil-based paints as hazardous waste materials.
  • Latex paints are not considered as hazardous waste, so you can just pour the unusable leftovers into a box with kitty litter or shredded paper then recycle the empty can. Let the residue paint dry out then have the can recycled like any other metal.

Consequences Of Improper Paint Disposal

If you don’t follow the guidelines for hazardous waste disposal set by your state, you may be fined. The fine could be a more significant amount if it’s a business illegally dumping several containers of paint. Aside from the fine, you may also find yourself at the receiving end of a lawsuit. And, on top of that, an environmental claim may be filed against you.

Of course, you don’t have to deal with this problem in the first place if you hire a commercial painting company. The experts at Blue Coyote Painting clean up after themselves at the end of every paint job they do, so you won’t have to worry about recycling or disposing of leftover paints. We will take care of everything for you.