There’s nothing better than a fresh lick of paint in your home, but it comes at a price: a never-ending pile of half-empty paint tins that increasingly stack up under your stairs, in your garage, or at the back of your shed. You can’t just throw them out, either – it’s against the law.
Like other liquid wastes, you can’t just pour paint away, or chuck it in your general waste bin – liquid paint is banned from landfill, and your local council won’t accept it. Luckily, when it comes to paint disposal, there’s a really simple, straightforward way to get rid of it – you just need a bit of patience and ingenuity, if you’re hoping to take it to your local recycling centre.
If you’ve got barely any paint left in a tin, and you’ve left it to dry out, your local household waste recycling plant will almost definitely take your paint tins, but make sure you drop them a line first to make sure. If it’s dried out, they can remove this hazardous waste before processing the tins or plastic receptacles themselves.
However, when it comes to half-full tins, you can make them dry out yourself, with a bit of time and some odds and ends. Take the lid off your unused and unwanted paint and add one of three things: soil, sand, or sawdust. Soon, it’ll go solid and it can be disposed of responsibly.
For smaller amounts, you can probably get rid of it at home – just pour the little bit of leftover paint onto a piece of paper or card and leave it to dry; then, you can just throw it in your black bin.