How to Dispose of Leftover Paint

After you finish your paint project odds are you will have some left over paint. Over the years as you complete more projects the left over cans of paint can accumulate and become overwhelming. When it’s time to start disposing of old paint cans it is important to know how to do so properly. In order to throw out paint via curbside the paint must first be dried out. There are a couple ways you could dry out the paint inside of the can. I have found that the best way is to add sand or kitty litter to the paint. Sand or kitty litter will absorb the leftover paint and allow you to properly dispose of the product. If you have a small amount of paint left in the can you can just leave the can open in the sun for about a day and it should harden up. If you have a large quantity of paint you can purchase a paint hardener from your local paint or hardware store. Another way of disposing of large quantities of paint is to contact companies like habitat for humanity who will gladly accept your left over paint. You can also drop off the left over paint at a local hazardous waste drop off facility. A facility can be found by searching on

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