How To Get Rid Of Paint
Most households probably have old buckets of paints that have been stored in their garage or basement. When you need to paint something, you probably will be buying more than what you need. The result is excess paint which is hard to get rid of.
Disposing paint is not like disposing any trash in your home. As a matter of fact, paint disposal is highly-regulated in many areas. This is because paint has contents which can be harmful to human health. If you have stocks of old paint buckets that you need to dispose, you can follow these tips on how to get rid of paint properly.
Use it up
DO not let your paint go to waste. You can mix all your excess paints into one bucket and paint your garage, basement walls, fences, furniture and other things around your home. Be creative and use all the paints up to beautify your home.
Sell the paint
If the paint is still fresh and usable, you cannot just pour it down the drain. There are now some people and companies who use recycled paints. You can find these people and sell your paint buckets to them. Posting ads online can be helpful. When someone takes interest to your advertisement, you can sell them the paint in exchange of some dollars.
Donate the paint
The best thing to do to get rid of paint is to give it away to those people who need it. You can donate the paint to your neighbors or friends. If you know some construction workers, you can hand them your excess paint. You can also post advertisement online about your free paint giveaway. Not only will you be able to get rid of paint, you will also create new friends.
Give it to the hardware store
Your local hardware store or might know some things to do with your paint. Bring your paint to the nearest hardware store and ask them if they need some paint. Most probably, they will say yes and take way those paint away from you.
Let the paint dry up
Liquid paint is hazardous. It can contaminate water easily. Before you throw your paint in the garbage can, you might need to let the paint dry up first. Find a safe place where you can leave the paint bucket open. Be sure that no one frequents the place to avoid causing respiratory problems. You can also add cat litter and other absorbent stuffs that will help speed up the drying process.
Another method of drying the paint is to spread a thick layer of plastic or used tarp on the ground. Pour the paint on it and let it dry under the sun for a few days. When the paint has dried, roll it up or fold the tarp or plastic and throw it in the proper place.
Every now and then, local government units will have some garbage truck to pick up hazardous materials such as paint. So if your area does not allow you to dispose paint by yourself, you can just gather the paint and other similar materials in a safe place. Wait until the garbage truck comes to pick it up. When the garbage truck goes around to pick up garbage, just hand your old paint over and they will be the ones responsible for disposing it.