Paint thinner is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of in a manner that is safe for the environment and human health. When disposed of carelessly it can contaminate groundwater or cause fires if disposed of in household trash. The jurisdiction classifies it as a hazardous substance, and requires residents to dispose of it safely and carefully to protect the environment and themselves. Paint thinners effectively do their job of diluting oil-based paints and cleaning tools such as brushes or rolls that have been used for painting. But if you're aiming to get rid of unused paint thinner after use, make sure to do it right. Here are some steps for disposing of paint thinner.
Don't throw away unused paint thinner like wet trash
Some cities have special disposal sites for hazardous waste. Avoid pouring unused paint down the drain or into the regular trash can. If it ends up in landfills or water systems it can cause harm to marine animals and contaminate our own water supply.
Tips: go to an automotive repair shop or gas station. Sometimes they have tanks for dirty, used oil and automotive fluids and are actually paid when the company picks them up for refining into usable oil. This will safely get rid of any used paint thinner.
Buy only the required quantity
If you rarely use paint thinner, don't buy large quantities that won't be used. So buy in small quantities better less less than the rest of the lot. If you still have leftover material that is not used, you can give it to a friend or neighbor who is planning to do the painting process.
Reuse excess paint thinner
Can save used thinner and reuse in the next painting if it ends up having a lot of excess. Pour used paint thinner into a bottle or glass container, mark the type of paint thinner and the date, close the lid tightly, and let the paint left on the brush and cleaning roller settle to the bottom. Store away from heat, sparks and flames during storage. Then, clear solvent can be used perfectly for the next painting.
Remove paint deposits
After recovering the clear paint thinner, there will be some paint residue at the bottom of the container. This paint residue must be disposed of in accordance with your local hazardous waste disposal guidelines. If you do not have arrangements for the disposal of hazardous waste in your area, you can leave the sludge exposed in a well-ventilated area.
There are a few things to keep in mind when disposing of leftover paint thinner
1. Never pour paint thinner down the drain or dump it outside
2. Keep paint thinner away from pets or children if allowed to dry
3. Never store paint thinner in food or drink containers because it can be mistaken for something edible
Hopefully what has been said can be useful for all of us and thank you for taking the time to visit this article. See you in the next article.