Paint thinner is a solvent used to change the density of a color to the desired consistency. Although excess thinner can be stored for future use, it often needs to be disposed of neat or mixed with paint. These are substances that cannot be thrown in the garbage, since they are considered dangerous. You must dispose of the paint thinner responsibly to protect the environment from pollution.
Step 1. Don't buy more thinner than you need
The best way to manage disposal is to have no disposable product. If you can use all the thinner you buy, then you can rinse the jar with plenty of water (better to do this work in the garden with the hose), wrap it in paper and throw it in the garbage.
Step 2. Save excess product for future use
Unused diluent can be poured into clean glass or plastic containers fitted with an airtight cap. Put a clear label and store everything in a dark and dry place. Consider offering it to a friend or neighbor who can serve it. You can also donate it to an association in the area that is carrying out renovation projects for its premises.
Step 3. Take the diluent to specific collection points
Many municipalities have collection sites for hazardous waste just like solvents. You can contact the technical office of your municipality or do an online search to find a disposal center near your home.
Step 4. Take the diluent to a hazardous waste collection event
Often, some ecological associations or municipalities organize annual or semi-annual events during which dangerous products can be conferred and awareness campaigns on separate waste collection are held. These events are often advertised on the Council's website, but you can also do online research on the websites of ecological associations.
Step 5. Dry the solvent and throw it in the trash
If there is no delivery point for hazardous waste, you will have to throw it in the garbage. Before doing this, however, remove the lid from the jar and mix an absorbent material such as sawdust or cat litter into the liquid. Let it dry in a well-ventilated area. Wait until the liquid is completely dry and lumpy, then seal the whole jar in a plastic bag before throwing it in the trash.
- Never pour diluent down the drain.
- Keep the diluent out of the reach of children or pets if you leave it outdoors to dry.
- Cats like to eat thinner!