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Old 11-26-2012, 08:46 PM   #16
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did you give them a really good shake and stir? if so and they are still poo then yes get the codes and get new paint. hear in ontario canada we have local disposal depots where they properly dispose of paint, oil,chemicals, etc. you'll have to see what is in your local area.

mix all the old paint together to make a new awesome looking paint for your walls.

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New question. How do you properly dispose of paint? I know the stores will take back the empty cans as long as they're dry, but what if the can is more than half full?
Excellent question and this has not come up in awhile.

As the person who had to sort out hundreds of pints, quarts and gallons of stuff for a ReStore DO NOT DUMP YOUR WASTE ON THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LOADING DOCK UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS!!!! Doing so is just plain tacky and uncaring. However, if the paint is just excess and is useable the ReStore may take it. Call first. We had to stop taking from homeowners for awhile until we got things sorted out.

It varies from community to community but many trash hauling and recycling operations will take latex, etc. cans if the remaining paint in them is dried out. You can speed this with cat litter---or they sell additives. When I lived in the twin cities of Chimpanzee-Banana, Champaign wouldn't take cans but Urbana would. So you have to ask. I think some people cheated and put out oil based paints and the guys are not going to stop to read labels as they pick up trash and recycling at 3 in the morning. Frankly, many do not read English anyhow.

Solvent based paints can fall into the category of household toxic wastes. Most places I have lived had annual recycling events where you could drop them off along with garden and other chemicals for safe handling and disposal. Off topic but look for events to safely get rid of electronics and their heavy metal components, flourescent bulbs, mercury thermometers/switches, etc.

Your local library is usually a good source of recycling and hazardous waste disposal information. Your State EPA may have guidelines too.

It is nice to save a few clean cans in good condition for straining paint or decanting gallons down to touch-up quarts, etc.
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Get a big bag of cat litter, $3or$4, pour it in the old paint, let it get hard, toss it in the trash.
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To harden waste paint I use oil sorb. I get a 50lb bag for about eight bucks at Napa Auto. It takes about a half gallon's worth to harden a half gallon of paint. Don't try to harden anymore than a half gallon per can. Hardens all paint types. Add it in stir it up, presto.
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Thanks again for the tips. As for stirring what I have, I wouldn't even consider it. It reminded me of that 2 month old pot of kraft dinner I found under my roommates bed in university.

I'm just outside of Ottawa, Ontario in a smaller municipality, and the local household hazardous waste depot closes down over the winter. I know local paint stores will take the cans back as long as they're empty and dry, but for these cans I'll probably just store them until the Spring and take them to the HHW depot.

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