Paint thinner disposal

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Old 05-01-07, 11:58 AM
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Paint thinner disposal

After a big job and lots of clean-up with paint thinner and such, what does one do with all that spent thinner? You can only re-use it so many times, then you have to chuck it. But where? I want to dispose of it correctly. I don't want to put it in with my normal trash. And where I used to do large commercial painting they had a place like "Clean Harbors" or "Safety Clean" or something pick it up. But what does a small contractor do?
Is there some place I can take it? How can I find out who? What does it cost for disposal(about)?

I hope this is the right forum for this question.

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Old 05-01-07, 01:13 PM
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Here's a previous thread that might help you out:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=295728&highlight=dispose+paint+thinner
 
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Old 05-01-07, 02:06 PM
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Thanx for that info.

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Old 05-01-07, 02:43 PM
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"But what does a small contractor do?"

Fill up a 55gal. drum and have one of those places take it away
(over $500 last time I checked)
Or take it to Haz-Mat day at the transfer station
 
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Most county "clean up days" prohibit commercial waste from businesses. I guess you could fib a bit, and just say it is your own waste. But if you have more than about 5 gallon, good luck.

Best bet is to contact Safty Clean, or some other similar outfit. Drums are the preferred size for destruction, but some places have "mini" drums of 25-35 gallons.

Make sure you keep good records, as this is a business expense that can be deducted, as well as covering your *ss in the event of an inspection by EPA or other governement agencies. (It happens. I had a contractor who ticked of a neighbor near him. Neighbor called EPA and reported he was dumping thinner down drain. Contractor was unable to produce waste destruction records, and faced some SERIOUS legal, and monetary problems.)
 
 

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