Paint is considered a compound hazardous to the environment--ground, septic tanks, water supplies, even sanitation workers.
The proper procedures to follow begin with drying up the left over paint. If there is a small amount of paint, place it in the sun to dry up. For larger quantities, dry paint with kitty litter or newspapers. If the paint can be dried, some areas permit one to put the can in the trash for pick up. If you are not permitted to place it in the garbage, take it to your county recycling center.
Another option to be considered, is salvaging the left over paint by donating it to Habitat to Humanity, a school, a neighbor, art school, etc.
If the paint is going to be stored for future use, remember that latex paint can last up to 10 years. Oil based paint can last for 15 years. Remember to properly seal the can by cleaning the can grove, put the cover in place, cover with a piece of plastic and use a pallet to hammer the lid on tightly. Store in a cool, dry place. If the paint becomes hard, lumpy, or has a bad odor, it should be disposed of properly.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.