Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hazardous Waste Disposal = Happy Homeowner

It took me awhile to figure out how easy it is to rid our garage of used paint thinner, crusty cans of oil paints and such. The Snohomish County Hazardous Waste Drop Off Station is simple to find on 3434 McDougall in Everett. Just a block east of Broadway. Check their website for the hours and days of operation since it isn’t every day. Also find out all the things they will accept – yes on used batteries and no on electronics, for example.

As the sign says, they no longer accept latex paints. But I was lucky finding a home for lots of mine. Deb and Bob of Retreat rescued lots of mine, and are putting it to work lickety-split. I had a couple of partial cans of latex paint that were unusable. I was a bit skeptical that adding kitty litter would dry them out in a reasonable amount of time, but it was sort of fun to do and worked quickly. Then those cans could be put in with our regular garbage.

Here’s an action shot of a happy homeowner!


Funky Junk Sisters said...

Great tip for getting rid of old paint!

Linda & Dixie
The Funky Junk Sisters

Carole said...

That's too bad that they no longer take latex. Our local recycling center takes it, remixes it into custom colors, and then resells it for a fraction of the price of a new can of paint.

I've never purchased or used it, but know people who have and they love it.

Angela said...

We own a paint store and as I was reading this post, I asked my husband if that is something he knew abt. and like most men, he says, "yeah, of course". Sorry I couldn't have told you that before!