At one time or another most of us have had a handful of half-empty, paint cans stored in the garage from previous paint projects. While storing unused paint is a great practice, at some point, you may need to dispose of leftover paint properly. We have included four reasons why recycling may be the best option for you.
Less Waste Helps Control Landfill Size
It’s easy to forget where your trash goes once it’s in the trash can – out of mind, out of sight, right? Here at Brazos Valley Trash Valet & Recycling, we see firsthand the extraordinary benefits of recycling.
Not only do these items take up space in the landfill, but they can eventually emit toxic greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide. Each time you choose to recycle or repurpose instead of tossing old paint cans in the trash bin you are helping our planet.
Protect the Environment from Dangerous Toxins
As previously mentioned, old paint can produce dangerous toxins like methane and carbon dioxide, but that’s not all. It also contains heavy metals like mercury and lead; both of which, when not handled properly, can be harmful to humans.
And it doesn’t end there. Some latex and oil-based paints emit certain ozone-producing vapors called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as they dry up. All of these things can be detrimental to the environment.
Recycling Paint Saves Natural Resources
Latex paints can easily be reformulated into new paint products. Most people will be surprised to learn that nearly 100 kilowatt-hours of energy can be preserved by recycling just one gallon of paint. That same gallon of recycled paint can prevent over 100 pounds of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere!
But, wait. It gets even better! Paint that can’t be recycled can also help conserve resources. Certain types of latex paint help produce biomass fuels that would have otherwise needed additional energy and organic materials in production. While other latex paints can be used to manufacture cement.
Help Someone in Need
Donating is always a win-win situation. You can get rid of unwanted paint while helping someone who may need it. If you don’t personally know someone to give to, Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to donate paint and other building supplies.100% of the proceeds support the local Habitat for Humanity.
Not disposing of your paint correctly can be harmful and toxic to our environment. Certain types of paint are considered to be hazardous materials and require safe and proper disposal. If you are unsure which option is best for you feel free to contact us for assistance.