Latex paint makes for an excellent wall covering, but when the job is done, the question of how to get rid of latex paint arises. There are a few tips on how to get rid of latex paint as well as ensuring that there is little left over to begin with; however, don’t succumb to the temptation to tip the rest into the sewer or garbage can without first using other methods to safely dispose of paint.
The first step to paint disposal begins before buying that first can. Measure the room to determine how many square feet of paint is needed, then compare that to the coverage on the can of paint. The can shows how many square feet is covered which makes buying the right amount of latex paint easy. It is inevitable that there is going to be paint left over, but the less paint to get rid of, the better.
Small amounts of paint can easily be turned into solid waste by allowing the paint to dry. Take a box that is disposable, line it with newspaper or other waste paper, and pour a thin layer of what’s left of the paint into the box. Let the first layer dry, then pour another one on top. Repeat until all of the paint is dry, then throw the box into the garbage can. This is an acceptable form of paint disposal, and makes the paint no longer a form of hazardous waste.
Another form of waste management for larger amounts of latex paint is to use kitty litter. Again, use a disposable box, place a plastic liner in the box (a garbage bag also works well), then pour in a suitable amount of kitty litter. Pour the paint into the litter, then let dry. The final result is a brick of paint soaked kitty litter that is now solid waste for disposal. The litter can be used in the same manner for getting rid of paint cans. Stir the paint, pour in the litter, let dry and dispose of paint into the garbage can.
There are other methods on how to get rid of latex paint, but the kitty litter/drying method is the simplest, most inexpensive way to neutralize the paint and ensure that it won’t contaminate the garbage truck or landfill.