Paint Contractors

Never use the gutter or storm drain system for disposal of household waste. Liquid residue from paints, thinners, solvents, glues and cleaning fluids are hazardous wastes.

  • When thoroughly dry, empty water base paint cans, spent brushes, rags and drop cloths may be disposed of in trash.
  • Rinse containers and use rinse water as product. Dispose of rinsed containers in trash.
  • Properly use and store all toxic products including cleaners, solvents and paints.
  • Use kitty litter or other absorbent material to clean up spills from paved surfaces.
  • Depending on the substance, dispose of absorbents in trash or at the household hazardous waste facility.
  • Select water based or latex paints whenever possible.
  • Sweep up dust and paint chips from sanding or stripping. Dispose of in trash
    UNLESS the activity involved marine paints or paints containing leads. These should be disposed of as hazardous waste.
  • When high-pressure water stripping or cleaning building exteriors, block storm drains.
  • Wash water onto dirt area and spade in soil IF no chemicals were used.
  • For water based paint, paint out brushes to the extent possible and rinse in sink.
  • For oil based paint, paint out the brushes to the extent possible, filter and reuse thinners and solvents. Disposed of excess liquids and residue as hazardous waste.