But, what do you do with the left over paint?
As paint users we should always properly manage and if necessary dispose of any leftover paint (if you are not planning on using it anymore). To minimise clutter, avoid any spills or unsafe disposal practices, it is important to consider ways to limit your paint waste.
It is important to contact your local council or paint disposal and recycling authority/centre for guidance on disposal options if you are not currently clear on the procedures. Do not pour any paint down the drain or storm water/ sewer systems. Disposing of paint products in this manner may not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal methods of paint can pollute the environment potentially causing threats to natural resources, marine and wildlife and even human health.
In order to properly manage clean up and left over paint see the suggestions below.
If you have accidentally spilled any paint on the floor – soak up with absorbent materials such as sand, kitty litter, newspapers or sawdust. Once absorbed, sweep up and dispose of correctly. Do not dispose absorbent items in the bin as they may be ignitable. Contact your local council, The Office of Environment & Heritage or Department of Environment for further guidance.
This document is for informational purposes and should not be relied on as legal advice or guidance by anyone. For further information, contact your local council, The Office of Environment or Department of the Environment for further guidance and for proper methods of disposal of paint and paint related materials.