Paint and Painting Supplies

Here at Lincoln University most paint and paint thinner are used up and not collected for waste disposal. If there are every any paint or paint related material that needs to be disposed of the following management strategy is listed below.
Oil and certain latex paints (those with mildewcidal additives) generally contain hazardous chemicals, and oil based paints are frequently flammable and a fire hazard. Safely manage paint wastes as follows:
Do not mix different types of paints or solvents.
Do not mix with used oil.
Make sure containers are sealed and do not leak.
If original label is missing, re-label the container with a description of content.
Consider combining with paints other colored paint of the same type (latex w/latex and oil  
   based paint w/oil based paint) and use as a base primer before considering disposal.
Oil Base Paint Management
Any oil based paint that is not used cannot be placed in the trash for disposal it must be managed as hazardous waste.  
Recycling Paint Thinner
Paint thinner can be reused by placing it in a jar until the paint particles settle. You can then use a coffee filter to strain out the paint particles, which will allow you to reuse the thinner.
Latex Paint Disposal
Latex paint that is a non-mildewcide containing paint can be managed by the following methods:
1.      Stir in kitty litter or sawdust; allow time for the material to absorb the liquid paint until dry. Discard the can and the dried paint in the trash.
2.      Pour the paint in layers about a half-inch thick into a cardboard box lined with plastic bags. Let each layer dry before adding another. Discard the box with the dried paint in the trash.

If you need a waste pick-up or have any questions please contact Robert Clay, Hazardous Materials Compliance Officer at 681-5497 or