Painting is an easy way to update a room, but often you end up with a lot left over. But don’t just dump it down the drain! Leftover paint can be hazardous, as it contains materials that can leak into the ground, cause physical injury to sanitation workers, or contaminate septic tanks. Here’s how to properly dispose of it.
Think before you toss.
If sealed correctly, latex paint can last up to 10 years, and oil-based paint up to 15. Next time your child turns the living room wall into a canvas or a piece of furniture scrapes the paint, you’ll be glad you saved the leftovers. The EPA recommends keeping paint in its original container (never in food containers) and with the original label. Add the date you opened it and room it corresponds to (it’s unlikely you’ll remember which wall was “Violet Mist” and which was “Lavender Blue” in a few years).
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