Frequently asked questions about paint safety
How long will particle boards release formaldehyde for? We have a detached house built 15 years ago with internal walls made of particle board. The board next to the living room window is probably damp because it is bulging slightly. Is there any paint av
liquid waste (paints, lacquers, solvents, white spirit used for cleaning tools)
must be taken to a municipal hazardous waste facility for disposal. In larger
communities, hazardous waste collection vehicles make regular rounds a couple
of times per year. Large service stations also accept such waste material. No
liquid paint products may be poured into drains or onto the ground.
Dry waste paint may be disposed of in a landfill along with other household waste. If a small amount of paint is left in the can, allow it to dry by leaving the can outdoors with the lid slightly open.
Dry or empty paint cans may be disposed of in a landfill along with other domestic waste. Paint cans recycling is still in the experimental stage, but in the future consumers will probably be able to take empty paint cans to collection points at large grocery stores, etc., from where they will be recycled as raw material for the metal industry.
Plastic containers previously used for lacquer or latex paint may be re-used for household purposes after thorough cleansing. Never store any food or drinking water in such containers.
Porous materials, such as kitchen rolls, cotton waste or rags soaked in varnish, linseed oil, wood oil or other natural oils are highly combustible. Such materials must be soaked with water for storage before disposal, dried outdoors, or burnt immediately after use. Dust produced by sanding alkyd lacquer surfaces may also self-ignite.
We are planning to repair my old house. How should we dispose of the waste produced when we remove the paint from the external walls and tin roof? Nobody knows exactly what products were used when the house was originally painted, but evidently several la