Got leftover paint? Get with the Resene PaintWise programme!
More than six litres of household paint is sold for each and every person in New Zealand. That's a lot of paint particularly as much of it is left sitting in paint containers and ends up in landfills. There are lots of ways you can reduce this burden on the environment... here's some ideas to get you started:
Properly stored paint can last for years. Cover the top of the paint can with plastic wrap, place the lid on securely and store upside down. The paint will create a tight seal around the lid and will remain fresher for when you next wish to use it. Store away from extreme heat or cold. Keep out of reach of children.
Most plastic paint containers are recyclable through kerbside recycling but paint residues must be removed. This is best accomplished by scraping the wet paint out. Check with your local council to ensure that kerbside recycling in your area will accept clean plastic paint containers.
Dont mix waterborne and solventborne paints. If mixed, paint cannot be re-blended or re-used.
Make sure you donate the paint in its original container with the contents clearly marked so the recipient knows what they are receiving and how to handle it. Always check paint before you donate it to ensure it is still in good condition. Its best to donate paint as soon as you discover you dont need it, such as when you change your colour scheme, rather than holding onto it just in case.
Handle with care:
Solventborne paints require special disposal practices. They are also ignitable and present other hazards. These products must never be poured down storm drains, the household sink (especially if you have a septic tank) or on the ground. Solventborne paint should be disposed of as a household hazardous waste. Hold for a ‘Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day’. If your local community does not undertake such programmes, contact your local Council for disposal guidance.
Paint thinners, turpentine, mineral spirits and solvents should never be poured down a drain or the storm sewer. With the following simple steps, you can re-use these types of products. Let used turpentine or brush cleaners sit in a closed container until the paint particles settle out. Then pour off the clear liquid, which can be re-used. Add an absorbent material, such as the PaintWise Disposal Kit material or kitty litter, to the remaining residue until it becomes dry. Finally, contact your local Council for guidance on disposal.
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Get PaintWise with Resene and we'll all benefit from a healthier environment.
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