Check your local County authority for proper disposal of paint and paint cans. But it’s a shame we just mix paint with kitty litter and toss it in the dump to get rid of old paint and paint cans.
Authorities in Plano, Texas were mixing all their water based paint together in a facility and the result was alot of gray paint…which they gave away for free in 5 gallon containers as “Plano Gray Paint”. I’m not sure if they still do that, but it’s alot more responsible and the free paint for fences, primer, etc., is a great idea.
According to the Georgia EPA guidelines, use of kitty litter or oil dry (as opposed to shredded newspaper) as an absorbent works very well.
Here is discussion on proper disposal of paints in Cobb County. Example in this discussion: For water-based paints, leave the cover off the can until the paint is dry, or put kitty litter into a box and pour the paint into the kitty litter so that it will absorb and dry up the paint. Once the paint is dry, throw the can or box out in the trash.
If you are really opposed to the solidification/disposal option and want to have your Household Hazardous Waste handled by a licensed hazardous waste company for a small fee, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for the contact information of a company that could pick it up.
Or you can take the more responsible path and call Atlanta Paint Disposal (404-333-8763) to schedule a pick-up of your used paint cans for proper disposal.
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