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Old 05-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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What do painters do with leftover paint. The former owners left half a dz cans in the garage. Haven't lifted them so don't know if they're nearly empty or what.

I'll find out if there's a landfill here and what they're policy is.

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There was a lengthy thread about this recently. I will find the url when I get to my computer.

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If they look usable, you might donate them to a Habitat for Humanity Restore.
If not, hang on to them and keep an eye on your newspaper.
Many cities will have a designated day or weekend you can bring in old paint or toxic chemicals to dispose.
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Here is the URL for the recent thread on leftover paint I remembered.

Storing Paint - Any Pro's in the house

As one who volunteered to bring order to the madness that was the paint department at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore? Please do not donate paint you know you could never use yourself. And please put the color code and a little sample on the lid. It got so bad at our place it is a miracle we were not designated a toxic waste site. People gave us stuff just to not have to deal with it properly themselves. That is not playing fair. We had to refuse all donations from homeowners for a time which was not fair to those with decent product leftovers.

My concern is you mentioned this was stored in the garage. It is how old? Lots of air space because the cans only have small amounts of paint in them? And the cans were subject to temperature extremes? If so, it is probably shot and worthless. If you pop the lid and cannot stir it or see mold floating on the surface so will the people at the ReStore. Give them a break.

As mentioned, most municipalities sponsor toxic was pickup dates with parking lots dedicated some weekend. They will take old insectisides, cleaners, solvents and oil based paints and stains.

Most landfills will accept cans of dried latex paint. You can add stuff you can buy or cat litter to speed the process. However, your trash hauler's crew will not take the time to look at the labels and may have orders not to take any paint cans. The trash company does not want to have to get rid of your toxic waste.
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We have a county program for disposal of hazardous materials (paint is classified as one) and you just put the cans in the back of your car, show proof of residence and they take everything out and there is no need to even get out of your car/truck. Ours runs daily, but the locations change monthly for convenience.

If you do not have a lot of paint, just throwing in sand or kitty litter into an open can for a week or so and tossing them in the normal waste disposal cans at your home.

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