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    Default Seriously, how to get rid of paint cans (with paint still in them)

    Yes, I know the part about leaving the top off so the paint will dry up -- I had paint cans outside all last summer (yes, I took them in if it rained) that never dried up. I've also heard the kitty litter story, but then can the cans be put in with recycling? Should I just put them in heavy duty plastic bags and leave them in the trash? I hate to add to the landfill, but my basement is overrun with old paint/paint cans...

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    Check this link for the dates and locations of when you can drop off things such as paint at one of the sanitation centers.

    Hazardous Waste

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    If it's latex, they don't need to be taken as hazardous. Once dried, put them in the trash.

    Not sure why they wouldn't dry, though.. might want to try setting a fan so that some air blows across the top and cycles the air in the freeboard area of the can.

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    Most hardware stores will have a product called "paint hardner". It's similar to cat litter, but MUCH more absobent. One pack per gallon, stir it in, it will be dry in a day. Then it's safe to put in the regular trash.
    Paint will take forever to dry up on its own. Most likely just forming a thick skin, essentially creating its own lid.

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    This way is sure to work. Paint a portion of one room. Procrastinate finishing for about a week. When you come back, the paint you planned on using should be unusable*.

    * Will only work if you intend on finishing your poject.

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    Lay out newspapers and dump the paint out in a sheet. When it dries, throw out the newspapers. Do it as many times as you need to get rid of the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mt. Airy Brewer View Post
    Lay out newspapers and dump the paint out in a sheet. When it dries, throw out the newspapers. Do it as many times as you need to get rid of the paint.
    Or even better, when you paint, keep rolling it on until the can is empty. Crisis averted.

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    I end up with LOADS of paint. I let my tenants paint if they want and inevitably there are cans of paint left in the house.

    I dump it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. On trash day, there is a nice thick paint skin on the top, peal it off and throw it in the trash. Underneath will be fresh paint. Repeat every trash day until no more paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ho Chi Minh View Post
    Most hardware stores will have a product called "paint hardner". It's similar to cat litter, but MUCH more absobent. One pack per gallon, stir it in, it will be dry in a day. Then it's safe to put in the regular trash.
    Paint will take forever to dry up on its own. Most likely just forming a thick skin, essentially creating its own lid.
    this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stock View Post
    this!
    Pour and spread the paint on old carpet or something else in the sun. There's always people getting rid of carpet or couches
    on trash day. Just ask "do you mind if I dump this paint on your old couch?"

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    I would just throw them away in all honestly and forget about it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by MizFormaldehyde View Post
    I would just throw them away in all honestly and forget about it .
    How can you forget about it when you (and everybody else) has to look at the paint on the street after the trash truck
    crushes them?

    Mt AiryBrewer ~ sorry I repeated about the same as you said except on carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MizFormaldehyde View Post
    I would just throw them away in all honestly and forget about it .
    Great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeganDike View Post
    How can you forget about it when you (and everybody else) has to look at the paint on the street after the trash truck
    crushes them?

    Mt AiryBrewer ~ sorry I repeated about the same as you said except on carpet.
    No biggie. Anything to soak up paint helps. I used to do this for latex paint when I painted.

 

 

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