I was wondering is there a specific method that should be used to dispose of left over paint? Does THD accept discarded paint cans for recycling/disposing?
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for the great question.
Wet paint and many paint related products are considered hazardous materials and may not be disposed in common trash.
We currently don’t recycle paint products at The Home Depot, but locating a site in your community that recycles paint is as easy as going to www.Earth911.com. There you can find contact information for local recycling centers depending upon type of paint product you want to dispose and your zip code.
Thank you for being concerned about our environment!
THD sells a paint hardener for latex paints. Each packet will do about 2/3's of a gallon of paint. Combine small amounts into one can to maximize your efforts.
A simple call to your community's Solid Waste Authority should give you the answers you're looking for.
Oil-based paints are hazardous materials. Many communities have haz-mat waste disposal days or facilities to handle household haz-mat items. Latex paints on the other hand are generally considered regulated materials, not necessarily hazardous. Hence the hardener. Even if you cannot throw the hardened paint away in your community, the hardener will make it easier to transport (no worries about seeing Pat about removing spilled pat from the trunk of your car).
One tip, if you are allowed to throw hardened paint in your trash in your community, put one can at a time into your normal household trash bag. Trash collectors typically see the can, just assume its still liquid and reject it.
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A lead-acid storage battery usually found in a motor vehicle such as a car or light truck.
Industrial / Steel Case Batteries
General term used for non-auto batteries, used mostly in heavy-duty industry machines such as forklifts. Usually found inside of a steel housing.
UPS Style Batteries
In most cases these are a VRLA type battery. (AGM and Gel) Found in UPS Systems, Motorcycle, ATVs, Wheel Chairs, Marine, Golf Carts, Power Wheels and many other applications. Usually smaller than a Auto battery.
Valve regulated lead-acid batteries that contain Cadmium. Simular to an Industrial Battery. Found in Industrial, Solar, Telecomunications and Railroad applications.
Li-Ion Laptop Batteries
Battery from a portable microcomputer that is small enough to rest on the users lap. The battery is rechargable and detaches easily from the unit and is almost always incorporated into the housung of the microcomputer.
Li-Ion Cell Phone Batteries
Lithium Ion battery from a cellular phone. The telephone typically is a mobile device.
Li-Ion Modem Batteries
Lithium Ion battery from a electronic device that makes possible the transmission to or from a computer to a telephone or other communication devices like a cable box.
Lithium Ion batteries (sometimes Li-Ion Batteries or LIB) is a rechargable battery type in which the Lithium moves from the anode to the cathode during discharge and back during charging. This type of battery is common in portable electronics.
Ni-Cd Dry Batteries
The nickel-cadmium battery (NiCd battery or NiCad battery) is a type of rechargeable battery using nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium as electrodes. The abbreviation Ni-Cd is derived from the chemical symbols of nickel (Ni) and cadmium (Cd): the abbreviation NiCad is a registered trademark of SAFT Corporation, although this brand name is commonly used to describe all Ni-Cd batteries.
Ni-Mh Dry Batteries
A nickel-metal hydride battery, abbreviated NiMH or Ni-MH, is a type of rechargeable battery. It is very similar to the nickel-cadmium cell (NiCd). NiMH use positive electrodes of nickel oxyhydroxide (NiOOH), like the NiCd, but the negative electrodes use a hydrogen-absorbing alloy instead of cadmium, being in essence a practical application of nickel-hydrogen battery chemistry. A NiMH battery can have two to three times the capacity of an equivalent size NiCd, and their energy density approaches that of a lithium-ion cell
Ni-Mh Wet Batteries
A wet cell (flooded cell) battery has a liquid electrolyte, since the liquid covers all internal parts, or vented cell, since gases produced during operation can escape to the air. Wet cells were a precursor to dry cells and are commonly used as a learning tool for electrochemistry.
Ni-Cd Wet Batteries
Vented cell (wet cell, flooded cell) NiCd batteries are used when large capacities and high discharge rates are required. Traditional NiCd batteries are of the sealed type, which means that charge gas is normally recombined and they release no gas unless severely overcharged or a fault develops. Unlike typical NiCd cells, which are sealed, vented cells have a vent or low pressure release valve that releases any generated oxygen and hydrogen gases when overcharged or discharged rapidly.
Silver Oxide Batteries
Silver oxide batteries are typically small and rather specialized. They were invented during World War II to meet the military's need for compact power supplies with longer life than the zinc-carbon batteries then available. This type of battery is commonly found in electronic watches, cameras, hearing aides and nautical equipment.
Silver Zinc Batteries
A storage battery that gives higher current output and greater watt-hour capacity per unit of weight and volume than most other types, even at high discharge rates; used in missiles and torpedoes.
Li-Ion Tool Pack Batteries
Portable power packs that snap into various cordless tools, ranging in voltages from 3.6V to 36V.
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