A fresh coat of paint is a simple and inexpensive method to change the look of a room. But how do you get the exact amount of paint you need for the job? That’s a more difficult assignment. If you’re like most DIYers, you have a growing collection of partially used paint cans in your garage collecting dust. It doesn’t have to be difficult to get rid of them. We’ve outlined all of your choices for properly disposing of old paint.
Is It Possible to Throw Away Paint?
First and foremost, let’s address the obvious question. It depends on the type of paint you’re talking about whether or not you can toss it away.
Chemicals in oil-based paints can contaminate soil and water. They should never, ever be thrown away. It is, in reality, prohibited in the majority of states.
How to Safely Dispose of Oil-Based Paint:
Take your old oil-based paints to a home hazardous disposal facility in your city or county.
Visit a household hazardous waste drop-off event in your area. These events are held at least once a year in several cities.
If you live in one of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Washington, D.C., go to PaintCare.org to identify take-back programs.
If you follow a few recommendations, latex paints are not considered dangerous and can be thrown away in the garbage.
What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Latex Paint?
- Remove and discard the lid separately.
- Allow the leftover paint to dry completely before throwing the can away. Mixing cat litter into the paint can speed up the drying process.
- Pour the remaining paint into a cardboard box and deposit the empty can in your recycle bin if you participate in curbside recycling. Allow the paint to dry before discarding the box. For curbside pickup, not all towns accept dry latex paint. Check the rules in your area.
**Paint cans are not accepted by all curbside recycling systems. Consult your recycler.
However, just because latex paint is disposable does not imply it is the ideal option. There are a variety of alternative ways for getting rid of old paint while also assisting those in need.
Where Should You Donate Paint to Help the Most?
Your old paint can be repurposed to benefit people or charity in need. A fresh coat of paint does more than simply make a room seem nice; it also protects surfaces against rust, mold, and other risks. Instead of throwing it out, consider donating it to charities like:
- Habitat for Humanity (Habitat for Humanity) is a non-profit organization dedicated to Paint will be provided at reasonable prices, allowing even people on a tight budget to spruce up their homes.
- Paint for a Cause Around the World This group collects leftover paint and delivers it to low-income families, schools, hospitals, and other organizations all across the world.
- Shelters for the homeless or victims of domestic violence. Shelters are frequently short on resources, and most might benefit from your donated paint.
- Drama clubs are a great way to meet new people. The majority of amateur theater companies work on a tight budget and would be overjoyed to receive some free set dressing.
- Children’s Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children. Many children’s charities would be delighted to utilize your leftover paint for creative projects.
- Troops of scouts. Scout units frequently spend their own money on materials for community service projects. Your paint donation may be able to stretch their budget further.
Always check with the charity before donating your old paint to make sure they can use it right now. Otherwise, rather than assisting them, you may be burdening them with a problem.
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