Effects of Paint

painting supplies AdobeStock_276472473All paints, stains, solvents, varnishes and adhesives contain chemicals that are harmful to wildlife and humans, rains may wash these chemicals through storm drains into nearby rivers and lakes. Many people believe that storm water gets cleaned but it does not. Vital fish and wildlife habitat, and the beauty of our local rivers and lakes are at risk from hazardous chemicals and particles that may be washed down storm drains. To best protect our waterways follow these tips.

Painting & Refinishing

  • Measure the room so that you buy the correct amount of paint.
  • Choose water-based paint or stain over oil-based when possible.
  • Use up all paint in your brush or roller by brushing or rolling it onto newspaper (ready for trash when dry).
  • If you must use oil-based paints, rinse brushes with thinner. The used thinner and any waste must be disposed of at a Household Toxics Facility.
  • Rinse brush and roller with water based paint in your sink or bathtub. Never pour paint or rinse water into the street gutter or outside drains.
  • Don’t clean brushes or painting equipment outside.
  • Always store all paint indoors at all times.
  • Keep paint cans and containers sealed to prevent spills.
  • Keep paint in original containers for disposal purposes, do not remove labels.
  • Left over paint in the can may be put in the trash when dry.
  • Secure paint cans in your truck so they don’t accidentally spill or fall out.
  • Have a number of towels or rags available to clean up spills, mop up the spill and discard in the trash or wash.