1) Try to buy only what you need.
When getting ready to paint buy just the amount you need to do the job. When you avoid buying too much at the start (source reduction)
there's less chance that leftovers end up harming the landfills.
2) Properly store what you don't use.
It is important that these products be sealed in their original containers and located away from the reach of children, environment or
unnecessarily filling up our away from moisture, and at a typical room temperature, away from extreme heat and cold.
By properly storing what you don't use today, the next time you have another home maintenance or improvement project you can have what
you need on hand, saving you both time and money.
3) Clean and reuse paint thinners.
Clean smaller amounts of dirty paint thinner or other solvents by gently shaking and then pouring them out of their original container into a
closed, clear container. Then let them sit until the paint or other material settles to the bottom. After the material (sludge) has set-tied out pour
the clean, reusable solvent off the top back into the original container. Put the lid back on the container and save for reuse. Then, in a well
ventilated area, let the sludge dry and discard it with your regular trash.
4) Use up the products you have.
Why buy more when you already have some. This saves time and money.
5) Recycle the Empty Container(s).
Each container you recycle is one less that ends up in a landfill!
In some jurisdictions, recycling programs may accept completely empty containers (steel and/or plastic). If you're not sure, check the
requirements for your community.
CCR Report: Town of Whitakers City of Rocky Mount