In this video, Cole Schaefer, a professional painter, shares what to do and what not to do to properly and responsibly dispose of your leftover paint, other liquid waste, and empty paint containers.
The best thing to do is use it up, but in case you don’t, here’s what you can do: save some of the paint for touch-ups, give it to a friend, a neighbor, or a community group.
Unopened cans of stock paint can be taken back to your neighborhood Dunn-Edwards stores within 30 days of purchase.
If you still have unwanted or leftover paint, you want to dispose of the most important thing to know is do not dump it. Spilling, pouring, dumping or discharging any liquid waste intentionally or by accident is illegal. You also can’t put it on or into the ground, any body of water or storm drain doing so may result in large fines and even jail time.
So instead, please take it to a household special waste roundup, which can be found by searching online.
For oil-based paint containers or containers of any combustible or flammable liquids, never put them in your trash without asking your municipal waste hauler first.
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