Paints are never waste. Learn how to properly manage your leftover paint and you’ll keep the environment clean, too! Disposing of paint properly is a must. Improper disposal can lead to hazardous environmental effects and even health threats for those near waste sites, so it’s important you know what your local regulations require before discarding paints or other chemicals in an unauthorized manner.
1. BUY THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PAINT
Zestimate your paint! This is an easy way to make sure you have enough of it. For every square foot (or meter) that needs painting, multiply by the coverage area on any given product data sheet, and voila -you’ll know how many gallons are required for one coat from this information alone without even having purchased anything yet!
2. STORE PROPERLY
When you are finished with your project, make sure to seal and store any leftover paint so that it will not be damaged by freezing or high temperatures. Store this in areas children and pets cannot access for their safety!
3. SAVING FOR FUTURE USE
Leftover paint can be used for touch up or other creative projects. You might experiment with leftover colors to make a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
Contributed paint is a gift that keeps on giving! You can donate leftover paint to any of your friends, neighbors, or schoolmates in need. Donating it online through social media will allow for more people who might want this resource at their house – as long as they’re willing to take home some second-hand color from you too.
You can find websites where you can find out if there are any recycling centers for your old paint. You can search by state, zip code, or county to see which facilities may accept it in different areas of the country- but don’t count on them!