Paint Products

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Paint
Products

Hazardous
Ingredients

Hazard
Properties

Proper
Disposal

Less Toxic
Alternatives

Enamel or Oil- Based Paints

Aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons

Mineral spirits

Some pigments

Flammable
Toxic

* Partially used enamel or oil-based paints may be exchanged with friends and neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Paint can easily be disposed of in your garbage if it is a solid. Simply remove the lid of the can to air-dry the paint. You may need to add kitty litter, plaster of Paris or other drying agents to the paint to allow it to dry faster. Once the paint is a solid, you may throw it away with your regular garbage. Be sure to leave the lid off the can to show the driver that the paint is dry.

Latex

Water- based paint

Paint and Varnish Remover

Acetone

Ketones

Alcohol

Xylene

Toluene

Methylene chloride

Flammable
Toxic

* Partially used paints and varnish removers may be exchanged with friends and neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Paint can easily be disposed of in your garbage if it is a solid. Simply remove the lid of the can to air-dry the paint. You may need to add kitty litter, plaster of Paris or other drying agents to the paint to allow it to dry faster. Once the paint is a solid, you may throw it away with your regular garbage. Be sure to leave the lid off the can to show the driver that the paint is dry.

Sandpaper, scraper and heat gun

Latex or Water-Based Paints

Ethylene glycol

Resins

Glycol ethers

Phenyl mercuric acetate

Some pigments

Toxic

* Use all latex or water-based paints so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* Partially used latex or water based paints may be exchanged with friends and neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Paint can easily be disposed of in your garbage if it is a solid. Simply remove the lid of the can to air-dry the paint. You may need to add kitty litter, plaster of Paris or other drying agents to the paint to allow it to dry faster. Once the paint is a solid, you may throw it away with your regular garbage. Be sure to leave the lid off the can to show the driver that the paint is dry.

Latex without these named ingredients

Limestone- based (white- wash) paint

Rust Proofing Coatings

Methylene chloride

Toluene

Petroleum distillates

Xylene

Some pigments

Flammable
Toxic

* Partially used rust proofing coating may be exchanged with friends or neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Empty rust proofing coating containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the labels.

* Call 334-3151 for further instructions.

Unknown

Stains and Varnishes

Mineral spirits

Glycol ethers

Ketones

Xylene

Toluene

Flammable
Toxic

 

* Partially used stains and varnishes may be exchanged with friends or neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Empty stain and varnish containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the labels.

* Solidified stains and varnishes are accepted in our landfills. Use kitty litter or other drying agent to solidify and dispose of in normal household trash.

Latex or water- based finishes

Thinners and Turpentine

Alcohol

Ketones

Acetone

Turpentine

Esters

Petroleum distillates

Flammable
Toxic

* Keep contained in a tightly closed jar to allow contaminants to settle out. Strain paint thinner and turpentine through a fine mesh sieve; reuse the liquid. The concentrated contaminant should be solidified and disposed of in the normal household trash.

* Solidified thinners and turpentine are accepted in our landfills. Use kitty litter or other drying agent to solidify and dispose of in normal household trash.

Use water in water- based paints

Wood Preserva-tives

Copper or zinc naphthenate

Creosote

Magnesium flourosilicate

Petroleum distillates

Chlorinated phenols (e.g., PCP)

Flammable
Toxic

* Wood preservative wastes should be safely stored until a community household hazardous waste collection program is organized.

* Partially used wood preservatives may be exchanged with friends or neighbors or can be donated to community groups like Habitat for Humanity.

* Empty wood preservative containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the labels.

* Solidified preservatives are accepted in our landfills. Use kitty litter or other drying agent to solidify and dispose of in normal household trash.

Water- based wood preservatives

For more information, call Boone County Solid Waste at 334–3151
Kelly Bowlin at 334-3629.

Boone County is a member of the
Northern Kentucky Household Hazardous Waste Coalition.