Paint thinners, rust removers, and furniture strippers
are toxic to aquatic life and can contaminate groundwater. Paints
and preservatives have similar effects. These products should never
be put down the drain into sewer or septic systems.
aside used paint thinner in a closed jar until the paint particles
settle out. After settling, pour off the clear liquid and reuse.
When the remaining paint sludge is dry, wrap it in plastic for disposal
during collection days. Left-over paint is also a good seller at
garage sales. Empty paint cans should be allowed to dry before recycling.
Some localities are collecting left over paint for mixing and resale.
Call the recycle hotline at 1-800-RECYCLE for what’s happening in