HOW and WHERE to DISPOSE of OLD CANS of PAINT

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Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott

How and Where to
Dispose of Old Cans of Paint

 

can of old paintCleaning an Old House to Sell

One of my elderly clients in my seniors real estate business had accumulated about 35 partially used cans of paint.  She asked me if I would dispose of the old paint according to the rules and services in our City.  I said, "Sure!", without having the slightest idea what to do next.  

So I loaded it in my pickup and took it home, so that, at least the client could continue her stellar progress in preparing her home so I could sell it for her.

 

rusty old paint canHow to Dispose of Old Paint at the Rapid City Landfill

I called the Public Works Department at City Hall and asked them for advice.  In fact, I asked the engineer, "Where and how do you dispose of old paint?"  She said, it's simple and easy.  Just "mix it with something solid, like dirt, then let it dry out."  Later, then, I am supposed to just place it in the trash dumpster as with any other form of trash headed to the City landfill.  She also told me to let the cans dry out with the lids off, then place them in the recycle as appropriate.

That sure was easy.  Next time I have a client who wants to prepare a home for sale and wants to dispose of old paint, we can rent a cement mixer and work up a nice slurry of rainbow colored dirt!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Wow, that is amazing.  Here in Southern California, we have always been told NOT to put paint or even paint cans in the trash.  They must either be taken to a recycling facility or to a hazardous waste function when they come to your area.

May 15, 2013 09:42 AM #1
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Lee R. Alley
John L. Scott - Everett, WA
Senior Advisory Broker

Jean, I was pretty surprised, too.   I lived in Wisconsin for awhile, where I suspect I might have been told to hire a nationally certified nuclear hazmat-qualified disposal team for each can of paint.  

May 15, 2013 10:00 AM #2
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Lea Deo
Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc. - Shawnee, KS
Shawnee Real Estate Agent, Johnson County Real Est
When my mom sold her farm in Iowa and we had lots of old paint to get rid of and limited time, I was told to get kitty litter or the solids that they use to clean a small oil spill off a garage floor and add to the paint. We opted for the oil clean up method because it was less expensive and it made the paint a solid mass right in the can. I can't remember the name of the product but I found it easily at the auto parts store. Easy and fast. As i recall it worked overnight. Here in Kansas City we can recycle it through the county. Johnson County mixes all the lights together and repackages it in 5 gallon buckets. They do the same with the darks. Residents can go pick up free paint and reuse it. Although there's not a lot of color choice, you can find some very pleasing colors. I've done it several times for projects where we've painted for community service projects.
May 16, 2013 04:30 AM #3
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Lee R. Alley
John L. Scott - Everett, WA
Senior Advisory Broker

Lea:  Thank you for the tip!  I'll try the oil spill material you mentioned.  

May 16, 2013 06:56 AM #4
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