How to dispose of paint the environmentally friendly way

Top down shot of various opened tins of paint
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Knowing how to dispose of paint appropriately is important for anyone undertaking a decorating project – large or small.

Leftover paint is ideally disposed of by simply using it up, leaving only an empty can to bin. However, this is not always possible so understanding how to get rid of paint in an environmentally responsible way is handy to know.

Basically, you should never just throw leftover paint into your bin. Wet paint should be disposed of in a very specific manner. There are a few steps to ensure you are doing everything you can to not harm the environment too. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.