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Items We Take: Paint Disposal

Items We Take: Paint Disposal

old paint for disposal

Gauging how much paint you need to complete your project can be tricky. You want enough to cover the walls so you don’t run out, but you don’t want to have a lot left over, which is a waste. After painting, it is a good idea to keep the paint can to fill in any dings to the walls or to refresh the space, but if you are like most, that old paint can is sequestered in the basement or garage, never to be used again. Ditching the paint can into your regular trash receptacle is not an appropriate way to dispose of it, environmentally speaking. Paint cans need to be handled differently so that they don’t harm the environment. This can make them a hassle.

At Junk-in-the-Box, we always dispose of materials exactly the way they should be. We care greatly about the environment and our community and believe that only things that should sit in landfills belong there. Our crew has the education and training to dispose of your paint cans in a responsible way. We haul it away and we prepare it for disposal, so you can rest assured knowing we did the right thing – which means you did too.

How Do You Prepare Paints for Disposal?

There are many options available to dispose of paint cans. Since different types of paints contain various chemical formulas, the preparation method has to match appropriately for it to be safely disposed of. Some of the methods for disposing of paint include donating, recycling, or throwing non-hazardous paint cans away at a facility. The way to determine how to do it depends on the paint’s toxicity.

How Do You Prepare Acrylic Paint for Disposal?

If you want to properly prepare your non-toxic acrylic paint, follow the steps below.

Dry the Paint in the Can

Before you dispose of the paint, you should let it dry out. Once it does, it will not leak or contaminate groundwater or the environment. Always leave your paint can in a well-ventilated and safe space while drying. If there is a lot of paint left, mix in paint hardener, which can be found at any do-it-yourself center or paint store.

Don’t Pour It Out

Regardless of whether it is toxic or not, don’t pour it down sink drains or containers in the sink. You don’t want to expose acrylic paint to your water system. When it hardens, it can create buildup in the pipes that will damage them permanently.

Hire Us

If you are unsure about how to properly dispose of your leftover paint, let us take care of it. We have the training and license to prepare, recycle, or dispose of your paint properly.

How Do You Prepare Latex Paint for Disposal?

Latex paint does not require the same standards as acrylic, because latex isn’t hazardous if it is dried completely.

Dry the Paint in the Can

Just like acrylic paint, latex paint cans should be dried in a well-ventilated area before disposing of. That way, there isn’t a chance that it can leak out and contaminate the environment. While drying, the paint can release toxic VOCs, so make sure that it is drying out somewhere safe.

However, if there is a large amount left, mix it with paint hardener. You can also add kitty litter to it to expedite the drying process.

Do Not Pour It Out

Again, just like acrylic paint, you should never pour paint down any sink or pipe. It will dry and can lead to permanent build-up and damage to your piping system.

Hire Us

The best way to ensure that paint is disposed of properly is to hire our professional and trained crew. We will ensure that it is prepared and disposed of properly 100% of the time.

How Do You Prepare Oil-Based Paints or Disposal?

Of all of the paints, oil-based ones are the hardest to prepare. Petroleum distillates mixed into the paint can separate and will not dry. Store-bought hardeners, kitty litter, or newspaper will help to harden the paint to prepare it for disposal. Oil paint is considered hazardous waste and should not ever be thrown out with regular trash.

Be Responsible

We understand that it can be a hassle to dispose of paint properly. It’s tempting to just ditch it with the regular trash, but at Junk-in-the-Box, we not only make disposing of paint quick and easy; we do so responsibly because we care greatly for the environment and our community. When you hire us, you can rest assured that the paint will not leak and contaminate the environment. Our crew will handle it with care. Contact us today to schedule your free no-obligation estimate.

Why Hire Junk-in-the-Box for Paint Removal and Disposal Service?

Junk-in-the-Box is a reputable business in the Augusta area with the proper licensure and training to ensure that all of your junk is handled properly. We offer the removal of just about any non-hazardous waste you have. When you hire us, you can rest assured that we will handle your junk responsibly, taking great care to prepare it, recycle it, or donate it.