How to Properly Dispose of Paint (in the City of Toronto)
The paint itself can be extremely harmful to the environment if it is not disposed of correctly. This is made worse by the fact that you could be looking at some very hefty fines and possibly even some jail time if it is toxic and disposed of incorrectly. Paint disposal is definitely something that you should take care of properly. But don’t worry, we are here to help!
Here’s How to Properly Dispose of Paint (At least in Toronto and the GTA):
There are a few different ways how to dispose of paint in Ontario. The first thing you should do is check the label on your paint can see if it is considered hazardous waste. If so, then there are specific ways that this type of waste needs to be disposed of by law. You should not throw it in the trash or down the drain!
Method 1: Saving it
Take a moment to ask yourself: Do you really need to dispose of this paint? There are plenty of other projects that you may be able to use the paint on.
It never hurts to have an extra can of paint for your further home painting projects lying around either.
This blog may assist you in storing the paint properly: How To Store Paint Properly
You never know when you’re going to run out. Or, if you see an extra room that needs a facelift, why not use it in this room?
One of The Best Ways to Rid of Extra Paint is to Use It!
Method 2: The “Do What You Can” Program
The “Do What You Can” Program is a Toronto initiative that allows residents to bring their leftover paint to local depots like Home Depot or RONA.
There are two ways you can go about this:
1) Bring it to your local depot yourself.
2) Request for someone from the city to come to pick it up from you (this option offers free shipping).
The program is open year-round and accepts any type of paint. Including latex, oil-based, and epoxy paints.
Method 3: Latex Paint Disposal
Latex Paint is generally safe for the environment.
This makes it a little easier to dispose of, but you still need to be careful while doing it.
- • NEVER pour the paint down your drains. This can be very harmful to your drains and cause rusting and is also illegal.
- • To dispose of the paint, grab a plastic bucket and fill it with kitty litter or wood chips.
- • Pour the paint into the bucket.
- • Allow to dry, dispose of as if you would with normal trash.
Method 4: Oil Paint – Local Drop-off Depots
If you have oil-based paints, there are many drop-off depots around the world that will take them for safe disposal.
These are usually run by local councils or waste companies and can be found on their websites.
Check with your local government to find out where it is located. If you don’t know where it is, look online and search specific terms like ‘where to dispose of paint cans near me’ or ‘hazardous waste disposal in Toronto‘.
If you can’t find a drop-off point in your area, take the paint to your local recycling center. They will be able to safely dispose of it for you.
They may also have other hazardous waste that they can take, so it’s always worth checking with them first before going anywhere else.
Method 5: Donate It
There are many charities and organizations that need paint. They could distribute it to their members and clients. This is one of the best ways to get rid of your unused paint. And at the same time helps another party who is in need of it. It’s never good to waste paint, and this is a way to put it to good use!
Now, if you don’t want to go through all of the hassles of paint disposal in Toronto, how about just not buying it in the first place?
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