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March 25, 2017
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
1140 Haley Road
Murfreesboro, TN
615 542-4633

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Oil Based Paint Collection

Saturday, March 25

Also, mark your calendars--- HHW events are scheduled for Saturday May 13, 2017 and Saturday November 4, 2017 from 8 am to 12 pm at the same location. I will send out the lists of acceptable and unacceptable items later. No paint is accepted at these events.

FYI --- Paint Disposal Guide:  OIL-BASED PAINT is normally accepted by appointment only by the Rutherford County Solid Waste Department.                                                             Please call 615 898-7739 or 615 542-4633. 

In order to save tax dollars, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) no longer collects paint at the Household Hazardous Waste Collections because it is not hazardous; it is considered a nuisance waste instead. Oil-based paint, however, is considered minimally hazardous; therefore Rutherford County Solid Waste will accept it by appointment only. Latex paint is not a hazardous waste and can be placed in the regular trash once it is dry. Paint in the liquid form will splatter when compacted by the trash truck creating an unsightly and unfortunately, a permanent mess on the street. Please follow these simple directions to properly solidify any leftover latex paint and, “Stop the Splat.”
Figure it Out- First determine if the paint is latex or oil-based:
? Latex paint is also referred to as ‘water based ‘paint. To determine if paint is latex read the directions for cleaning brushes, rollers and other equipment; if it says to simply use water then it is latex paint which needs to be dried and then placed into the regular trash.
? Oil-based paint is also referred to as ‘alkyd’ paint. To determine if paint is oil-based read the directions for cleaning brushes, rollers and other equipment; these will need to be cleaned with a solvent such as mineral spirits, turpentine, or paint thinner. Also, look for words such as ‘combustible’ or ‘flammable’ to determine if the paint is oil-based. Rutherford County Solid Waste collects oil-based paint only by appointment by calling one of the numbers listed above.
Use it Up- Be a wise consumer and buy only the paint that is needed. Remember that one gallon of paint will cover between 250 and 350 square feet, depending on how porous the surface is to be covered.
Use it Anyway- If the color is no longer liked, remember that the paint can be mixed with another color or used as a primer coat, or on jobs where the final finish is not significant, such as a dog house or in a closet.
Pass it On- Check with a local school drama department, local theatre group, or even a neighbor that might need some extra paint.
Store it Properly- Try to keep some extra paint for touch-ups and possible matching in the future. To keep paint fresh, cover the opening of the paint can with plastic wrap by stretching the plastic tightly, and then secure the lid. Be sure that the can is leak proof and then turn the can upside down to create a tight seal. Store in a room with a moderate temperature.
Dry It Up- If extra latex paint still remains, now it is time to dry it up. Never put liquid paint into the trash or down the drain. Follow these simple steps:
o Air drying is acceptable for an inch or less of latex paint. Just remove the lid and let the paint dry in a well ventilated area. Be sure to keep away from pets or small children.
o Commercial hardeners are available at most hardware and home supply stores.
o Kitty litter may also be used and is the least expensive method to dry paint. Just pour the kitty litter into the can of latex paint, stir, and let it dry. Wait an hour and add more kitty litter if necessary until the latex paint is solidified.
o Shredded newspaper, sawdust, and mulch may also be used when solidifying latex paint.
o If the can of latex paint is too full to add solidifiers, line a cardboard box with a plastic trash bag. Pour the latex paint into the box one layer at a time. Add a solidifying agent, such as kitty litter, in between layers. When the paint is dry tie the trash bag and place in the regular trash.
o Once the latex paint has solidified, it is safe to dispose of it in the regular trash. Just place the can in a trash bag, but leave the lid off so that the garbage truck driver can see that it is not harmful since it has been solidified. Also remember that metal cans and lids can be recycled if empty, clean and dry.
o Never pour paint into storm drains, a sink or a toilet since this can harm sewage treatment systems and create environmental hazards for both humans and wildlife. Remember that this process works for latex paint only.
o Please take a moment to view an informative video with step-by-step, easy to follow instructions on drying latex paint:
View YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RollfpsCxA