Happy March, Hampton Roads!
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Let’s get responsible.
Once a month, we’re focusing on Hazardous Waste and how to safely dispose of it. This month, we’ll take a look at paint, the dangers it poses, and the clever trick for throwing away old, unwanted paint.
Hazardous waste is so-called because of the harm it can cause to you, your household, and the environment. Most items that have been deemed “hazardous” by the EPA are highly flammable, may become explosive under certain conditions, or include toxic ingredients (such as paints, cleaners, batteries, and pesticides).
It’s important to read the labels of such products when you purchase them, so you know how to safely store them — usually in the original container, in a dry and temperate setting, away from food, pets, and children. It’s equally important to check that label for proper disposal methods.
Hazardous waste such as paint does not go straight into the trash, nor does it go down a drain. These methods of disposal are irresponsible, and may harm innocent animals or people, and pollute local bodies of water. We can all agree that nobody wants that!
There is a simple trick for dealing with old, unwanted paint, and we’re happy to share it with you: let it dry.
Once the paint has dried, it is safe to deposit in a trash can — it’s only wet paint that is considered hazardous! For a small amount of paint, air should do the trick. If you’re dealing with a large quantity, try mixing in some kitty litter, shredded paper, mulch or picking up some Paint Solidifier. Any one of those should speed up the process.
Not all hazardous waste is so easily dealt with. For other potentially harmful waste, check your local city website, and remember: Recycle Responsibly!
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