Paint disposal

Paint disposal

Minimise disposal problems by following these simple rules.
Buy only enough paint to do the job.  Check the label on the can to find out what coverage it will provide.  One litre of the average water based paint will cover 13 to 16 square metres on plaster board per coat.

Use it don’t waste it.
There is always something around the house which deserves a coat of paint.

Remember: Paint protects as well as beautifies.
If you have a lot of paint left over, maybe a neighbour or community group could find a good use for it.  But don’t pass on any container if the label has been obscured by runs.

Left over paint can be saved for touch ups for years depending on how much paint has been left in the container and how securely the lid has been replaced.  By storing the paint can upside down the paint creates an air proof seal around the lid.
Store away from extreme heat and cold and combustion sources and out of reach of small children.

The Good and Bad of Paint Disposal

Pour excess paint onto an absorbent material such as kitty litter, cardboard or shredded paper. Allow to dry and dispose of with household garbage.

Leave empty can in well ventilated area to dry out.  Again, allow to dry and dispose of in the above manner.

Mix with some cement, allow to set and throw in the garbage (make sure it is not too heavy).

2. BAD

Never dispose of unwanted paint by pouring it down household drains or sewers.

Recycle Cleaning Solvents.

Paint thinners, turpentine and mineral spirits can be re-used.  Allow container to stand for 72 hours so that the paint solids settle to the bottom.  Pour clear liquid into a clean container and label contents clearly.  Discard left over solid residue and container with household garbage.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Contact your local council.
Information on this page is in accordance with the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation Inc.