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Old 12-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Random question, anyone have an answer, just sort of researching it right now will make a few calls tomorrow but wondering if anyone has experience in regard to cost?
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

When you say waste paint, does that mean it's no good any more or that it's just not needed? There are places that recycle paint for reuse, you can search around on http://search.earth911.com/ to see what options there are in your area.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

yeah no good anymore, i think that site is more for household stuff, i have a few hundred gallons
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Lots of options to dispose of latex, oil base not so much.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Local fire department in Calif has monthly waste disposal days, on which they will accept, at no charge, any amount of oil, paint, chemicals, etc.
Check with your FD.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:42 PM   #6
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Local fire department in Calif has monthly waste disposal days, on which they will accept, at no charge, any amount of oil, paint, chemicals, etc.
Check with your FD.
My town has this as well, i have wondered what would happen if i rolled up with a truck full of 55 gallon drums
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

What kind of paint photos
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #8
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set it outside and paint on it, Do not trash, it be gone by sunrise. and you think Im joking
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:10 PM   #9
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It would take a while I am sure, but you could always let it evaporate by pouring it out onto plywood or sheet metal panels..
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #10
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Your local dump should have a chemical dropoff. Try there first.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:20 PM   #11
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

My dad had a large quantity of paint he wanted to dispose of, so he got the bright idea to spread it in the lot behind his warehouse. There was a new housing project being built adjacent to the lot, and he suspects that they called the city. The city informed him that he needed to get rid of the paint and that he couldn't use the commercially zoned lot for storage. As I recall, he had some concrete block and bricks stored in the lot. He later ended up donating most of the lot to the housing project.

In my county, there is a center that will accept paint provided it is not from a business. My dad had some more paint to get rid of (story to follow), so I offered to take it to the center. I took about 100 gallons of paint to the center. I called ahead of time and they said as long as I was a resident of the county and an individual rather than a business there was no charge and no limit.

OK about my dad and paint. My dad owns rental property and has bought excess paint from a local university several times. He accumulated a lot of paint that he didn't think he could use and didn't know how to get rid of it. He had a large quantity stored in the basement of one of his properties, and he said he'd think about selling the property if it weren't for the paint. I thought I'd help him out by taking it off his hands since I live in a county where it is . As it turns out, at the next auction he bought another pallet of misc. paint. I was not happy with him. Oh well, he's my dad and I love him anyway.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:23 PM   #12
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Our county has an annual hazardous waste disposal day. I took about 6 or 7 partial gallon cans of latex and they refused to take it. I was told to let it dry out and throw it in the trash, it's not hazardous once it's dry.

I still haven't figured out how to get a gallon of paint to dry out. It gets a nice thick skin on it and that keeps it from drying out.

I'm thinking something that involves flames may help.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:30 PM   #13
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Though the laws may be different in your state, I can speak professionally as an environmental consultant in Canada as to what is typically done up here. As other have mentioned, there are numerous companies that bid on the local household hazardous waste (HHW) days in their municipalities. Interestingly depending upon the type of paint (color is not an issue as they add tint later) recycling and reselling is actually quite lucrative. As such I would definitely contact the waste transfer companies in your area and inquire.

Otherwise, disposal of liquid waste is complicated and expensive. However disposal of non-liquid inert waste is not an issue and can go directly into the garbage. How you ask do they do that??? How can you transform nasty liquid potentially hazardous paint into inert non-liquid legal garbage? Sawdust!!! One of my largest clients submits tenders across Canada for HHW's and treats thousands of gallons of paint a year. For all that can't be sold, they crush the cans of paint over sawdust and eventually the product is no longer a liquid. Eventually the paint cures and is no longer an environmental concern.

Depending upon your volume, this may or may not be an option but it does work and ultimately makes disposal much easier. Sawdust can be purchased or if you know of a woodworking shop they will be all too happy if you took it off their hands. An old cement mixing pan could work as a vessel for a reasonable volume of paint.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:36 PM   #14
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Places around here pickup latex paint for free!!!!
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #15
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Its mostly varnishes and thinners, a lot of it is still good, a lot is bad... And kert i am in a similar situation but cleaning up the wreckage of an alcoholics life lol

the materials were from a business that went under in 2001
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
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There's a substance that is specifically for hardening waste paint, making it into a solid that you can dispose of in a normal waste stream (i.e. the dump). At 55 gallons, though, there might very well be too much paint for that to be cost effective.

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i think that site is more for household stuff
Just need to find someone selling it in bulk.

Or not.
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Go to the town site and look to see what they require. Where I used to live they would only take 20 or 30 one gallon cans per appointment.
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Default Re: Cost/How to dispose of 55 gallon drums of waste paint?

Trash guys here will not accept liquid paint because it can run out of the truck and drip on the highways. They suggested mixing it with oil dry or kitty litter and poring the goop out on cardboard to dry. It works.
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You could have one hell of a bonfire!
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