November 25, 2019 WGmarketing

A guide to legal paint disposal

Paint is often used in commercial businesses, whether that’s to update their own premises, or as part of the services they provide to clients such as property maintenance or car repairs.

Although attempts are often made to only purchase the exact amount of paint required for the task being completed, in many cases it is impossible to not be left with some excess paint. In these situations, if the redundant paint can not be reused it must be disposed of.

Since leftover paint can be hazardous, you are obliged to safely dispose of it in a legal manner. If you are unsure how to do this, please seek guidance from a professional waste disposal company, like Commercial Recycling.

Why is paint classified as hazardous waste?

Waste paint is considered hazardous as it contains materials that can leak into the ground, cause physical injury, or contaminate other materials. Most commercial paints fall into one of two categories: water-based or oil-based.

  • Water-based formulas are often referred to as latex, vinyl, or acrylic.
  • Oil-based formulas are normally referred to as alkyd, polyurethane, or varnish.

At Commercial Recycling, we regard both paint categories as hazardous waste because of the following;

  • Oil-based paints are hazardous as they contain heavy metals and are flammable, making them dangerous if not recycled correctly.
  • Water-based paints may contain mercury, which is also extremely hazardous.

For more information on the legislation that governs the disposal of hazardous wastes, please visit the UK Government’s website here: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/producers-and-holders.

Alternatively, get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Hazardous Waste Co-ordinators on 01202 331560 or email hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

How to prepare your paint for disposal

1. If possible, try to pass your waste paint onto someone who can use it. As with almost all waste items, it’s always best to try and reuse the item as opposed to taking on the hassle and costs of disposing of the waste(s) you’re dealing with.

Could a neighbouring business make use of it? Or why not try listing it on the free section of Gumtree or a similar site.

2. If there’s no one who wants to reuse the paint, dry the paint out before you dispose of it. Paint is more hazardous when wet so it’s always best to dry it out either in the sun, under a heater or using a specific paint hardener before disposal.
3. Book your hazardous waste disposal with Commercial Recycling. After we have safely disposed of your paint and/or paint cans, we will provide you with the appropriate paperwork for your records, and if required a hazardous waste consignment note.

Please remember that paint cannot be placed in your household waste bin and must not be poured down the drain where it can cause damage and blockages.

Disposing of your waste paint cans

To ensure partially-full waste paint cans are disposed of in a compliant manner, they must first be segregated from general waste and processed at a licensed facility such as Canford Recycling Centre.

At Canford Recycling Centre paint disposal couldn’t be easier if you follow the steps below:

  • Contact our friendly waste disposal team to book a convenient tipping slot
  • Drive onto the inward weighbridge at our Canford Recycling Centre
  • Inform the weighbridge operator of the number of waste paint cans you will be disposing of
  • The operator will direct you to the specialist tipping point where you can unload your paint cans. You will only be charged for each can you dispose of
  • After your disposal, you will receive the required paperwork to prove that the waste has been disposed of legally and safely

What happens to the waste paint and paint cans once they have been disposed of?

The large majority of waste paint is recycled back into new paint, especially the water-based types. All the waste, metal paint tins are washed out and recycled at our site, and the majority of the clean plastic paint tins will also go for recycling.

The paint that can’t be reused or recycled gets transported to a specialist waste disposal site where it will undertake a high-temperatured hazardous waste incineration, along with its container. The common paints that aren’t recycled back into new paint are corrosive or flammable, which tends to be the oil-based paints. 

How much does paint disposal cost?

At Commercial Recycling, we can dispose of your paint, paint in cans, or empty paint cans. This is charged on a per can basis, or if you only require the actual paint to be disposed of, this will be charged using a per litre rate.

If you require larger quantities of paint to be disposed of, we can provide disposal rates for filled 205L drums and 1000L IBC containers.

For paint disposal prices and options please refer to our tipping price list.

Contact Commercial Recycling for your paint disposal

If you would like more information on paint disposals or would like to arrange a disposal with Commercial Recycling, you can give our team a call on 01202 331560 or email us at hazwaste@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

Due to the hazardous nature of paint, we prefer you to pre-book a disposal slot, ideally 24-hours before visiting one of our convenient recycling centres. Check out our waste disposal prices.

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