How To Dispose Of Paint Responsibly

Paint is a very commonly used item, we use it to decorate walls, add colour to various different objects, and many people use it for creative and leisure activities. However, when it comes to paint disposal, it can be quite tricky to understand how to responsibly dispose of this waste in a manner that complies with all relevant legislative requirements.

The Problem With Paint Disposal

One of the main issues with disposing of paint is the diversity of paint itself. Typically speaking paint is made up of three main parts: pigment, binder, and a solvent; this means that different types of paint may have different disposal needs, depending on what different components are used in the paint.

Some pigments used in paint can be very toxic, which when used correctly may not present any immediate danger; the toxic pigments can be very problematic for waste disposal, as such specialist hazardous waste disposal services are needed to dispose of paint. Did you know that some red paints contain a pigment called cadmium, this pigment is a heavy metal and exposure can affect the kidneys, lungs, and bones? It’s also considered carcinogenic when inhaled, so it’s essential that paint containing cadmium (or any other potentially dangerous pigments) are disposed of in a responsible and legally compliant manner.

However, the ingredients of the paint are not the only concern you need to address. There’s also the point that liquid waste is not allowed in landfills. So even if you use paint that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, it still cannot be disposed of via general waste disposal in its liquid form. In small amounts for domestic use, such as a small amount of paint remaining in a tin after painting a room, you can add sawdust or soil to the paint to speed up the drying process then take the paint tin to a recycling facility where the metal tin is recycled and the paint properly disposed of.

For commercial businesses that need to dispose of paint however, the situation is more complex. You can’t just visit your local tip or recycling centre; you’ll need a more specialised waste management solution.

The Commercial Disposal Of Paint

Paint is classified as hazardous waste and as such it requires specialist disposal services. Just like any other item of commercially produced waste, a professional waste management service is required in order to dispose of the waste in a legally compliant manner. However, with regards to hazardous wastes (wastes which have the potential to harm health or the environment) need to be disposed of in a manner that complies with the hazardous waste regulations. As a waste producer you have a responsibility to choose a legally compliant and responsible waste disposal method for your hazardous waste, and as such failure to comply with the law could result in very serious penalties including fines and imprisonment; according to the regulations:

A person who commits an offence under regulation 65 or 68 in connection with any other requirement under these Regulations shall be liable

  • On summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum; or
  • On conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.”

For example, businesses that provide spray booth services need specialised cleaning services to deal with waste paint, and make sure that booth areas are kept in clean and hygienic conditions. After all, a clean workspace is a crucial part of a quality paint job. Without proper maintenance, you run the risk of providing your clients with poor paint jobs, in addition to the potential hazards that may be faced by your staff.

The BKP Group’s team of waste disposal specialists utilise latest technologies and recognised strategies to provide sustainable solutions in waste management; providing expert management and disposal services for waste paint items. As a business, we will as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that the work environment is safe. This is achieved by ensuring that all members of staff are equipped with the correct tools and protective equipment to do their job in a safe working environment.

Why BKP Group? What Makes Our Paint Disposal Better Than The Competition?

Founded in 1964 and driven by a dedicated team from our Romsey transfer station, BKP utilise latest technologies and recognised strategies to provide sustainable solutions in waste management. Here at BKP Group, we are renowned for our vast portfolio of services, including our paint collection and disposal services, but also services such as chemical handling and transfer, spray booth cleaning, and many other forms of hazardous waste disposal. This means that we can provide a diverse range of services for many different professionals, so if you’re a decorator, automotive painter, or any other type of professional that produces waste paint, the BKP Group team can help you.

Here at BKP Group, we recognise the importance of certification from external auditors and understand how they are a key component with regards to providing our clients with peace of mind. So, thanks to our various accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardisation including quality, environmental, and health and safety, you can rest assured that our team of experts will manage your waste responsibly and ethically.

Interested? Get In Touch With The BKP Team

If you have any questions our friendly and dedicated team of waste disposal experts will be happy to assist you with your enquires; providing additional information regarding our waste management and disposal services for waste paint items.

You can speak to a member of staff by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.

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