As paint users we should properly manage and if necessary dispose of any leftover paint properly (if you are not planning to use it any more). To minimise clutter, avoid 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, newspaper 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 the Environment for further guidance.
This article 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 & Heritage or Department of the Environment for further guidance and for proper methods of disposal of paint and paint related material.