The Importance of Proper Paint Disposal
Paint is a common household item that is used in many projects, from home renovations to DIY crafts. However, once you’re done with your paint, you may be unsure of how to properly dispose of it. Improper disposal of paint can harm the environment and pose health risks to people and animals. That’s why it’s important to know how to dispose of paint safely and responsibly.
The City of Mesa Paint Disposal Program
The City of Mesa has a paint disposal program that allows residents to dispose of their unwanted paint in an environmentally-friendly way. The program is free for Mesa residents and businesses and is available year-round.
Where to Drop Off Your Paint
To drop off your paint, you can visit the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Facility located at 2412 N. Center St. in Mesa. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to noon.
What Types of Paint are Accepted?
The City of Mesa Paint Disposal Program accepts latex and oil-based paints, stains, and varnishes. However, they do not accept aerosol spray cans or empty paint cans.
Tips for Preparing Your Paint for Disposal
Before dropping off your paint, there are a few things you should do to prepare it for disposal. First, make sure the paint is in its original container and that the container is labeled. If the container is damaged or leaking, transfer the paint to a new container that is sealed and labeled.
How to Dispose of Empty Paint Cans
Empty paint cans can be disposed of in your regular household trash. However, it’s important to make sure the cans are completely empty and dry before throwing them away.
Alternatives to Disposing of Paint
If you have leftover paint that is still usable, consider donating it to a local charity or community organization. Many organizations accept paint donations and use them for community projects or to help individuals in need.
Tips for Storing Paint
If you need to store your paint, make sure to keep it in a cool, dry place that is out of reach of children and pets. Make sure the lid is tightly sealed to prevent the paint from drying out or leaking.
The Bottom Line
Proper paint disposal is important for protecting the environment and ensuring the safety of people and animals. The City of Mesa Paint Disposal Program is a great resource for Mesa residents and businesses to dispose of their unwanted paint in a responsible way. Remember to prepare your paint for disposal and consider donating usable paint to a local charity or community organization. By following these tips, you can do your part in keeping Mesa clean and safe.