Painting, varnishing, or glazing – and after that? What to do with the paint residue when the wooden furniture shines in new splendor, and the walls smile with a fresh shade? If it is not possible to keep it, the paint must be disposed of properly. The disposal of the paint is not always an issue for hazardous waste. Therefore, this article not only provides answers on how to dispose of paint properly but also on how to treat liquid paint residues before disposal properly.
Dispose of paint: store it, or do you prefer to dispose of it?
The correct handling of old or bad paint, half-empty paint cans or paint cans, and used brushes and paint rollers deserve great care. Because to protect the environment, other options should be considered before “disposing of paint.”
Because paints and especially varnishes can be used for a long time if stored correctly. How long paints last and how they can best be stored is the subject of the article durability of paint – wall paints, varnishes, and glazes.
However, if the paints are broken or only last remnants in the bucket or can, there is no way around disposing of the paint.
Dispose of dried containers and paint residues
Most paint buckets or paint cans are marked with a recycling symbol, such as the green dot. This means that the products can be fed into the yellow bin or the yellow sack without hesitation, but only under the premise that the paint is completely dry!
Tip: For the sake of the environment, before disposing of the paint, use a pointed object to check whether the paint or varnish has turned into a solid, dry mass right down to the bottom.
If the paint is not yet dry, it helps to put the container outside with the lid open. This is the fastest way for the solvents to evaporate without causing an unpleasant odor in the apartment.
The same procedure is used with the last remaining paint in buckets and cans before they are disposed of with household waste.
Tip: To dispose of paint more quickly, a little sawdust can be emptied into the paint can. That speeds up the process of drying out.
However, if there is no recycling symbol on the container, then the empty paint buckets and cans must not be disposed of with the household waste but must be taken to the pollutant collection point.
Disposal of liquid lacquers, paints or glazes
Liquid paint or varnish residues must always be taken to the problematic collection point and thus to the pollutant collection point.
Under no circumstances should these be disposed of via the sink or toilet. Because this way, the paint, and all its additives would end up in the wastewater, ultimately in the ground and, last but not least, in our drinking water. The damage to the environment would be enormous, and the proper disposal of the paint would have failed.
Environmentally conscious hardware stores sometimes even take back the products they have used. It is best to ask this question when you buy the paint.
Dispose of paint accessories
Accessories such as brush cleaners and thinners also belong without ifs and buts as toxins in the pollutant collection point and not in the sink.
The same applies to the remaining required products, such as the cover fleece or the adhesive tape, as for the disposal of the paint: Let everything dry nicely and dispose of it per the local regulation on the yellow sack or the yellow bin or with the residual waste.
Dispose of paint properly.
The proper disposal of color is essential. Not just for the sake of the environment but ourselves!
If there is uncertainty when disposing of paint, the employees at the pollutant collection point will be happy to help. Because there you will always find the right contact person for the disposal of paints.