Removing Paint Cans

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Will EZ CleanUp Take Paint? The policy on paint varies between junk removal companies. This article breaks down all you need to know about how to get rid of paint, the reasons why, and how EZ CleanUp can help.
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Removing Paint Cans and Other Hazardous Materials

You would not be the first nor last person to over-order on paint. After a while, old paint cans lying around the garage can be a nuisance. Getting rid of paint is not as simple as pouring it down the drain.

The question is, do all junk removal companies accept old paint? Not everyone has the same policy, so here is the rundown on what you need to know about paint disposal.

What Counts as Hazardous Material?

Hazardous junk comes with a different set of rules to the average household debris. Not all removal companies are qualified to take certain materials, old paint included.

Anything potentially toxic, reactive, flammable, or corrosive is considered hazardous waste. Some of the most common items are:

  • Kitty litter
  • Batteries
  • Fuel and other motor oils
  • Chemical containers
  • Non-remediated mold
  • Old paint cans

This type of junk removal requires a trained team with the proper license to safely collect and dispose of these items. Getting rid of any household hazardous waste, including old paint, is not as simple as just dumping it in a landfill or sending it for recycling.

Specialized disposal locations and recycling plants are amongst the places junk removal companies take the materials.

What Makes Paint a Hazard?

Some kinds of paint have chemicals in them that come with varying potential issues during disposal. Oil-based paint and wood stains are flammable and have high quantities of harmful chemicals known as volatile organic compounds. Not only are these gases harmful to both animals and humans, but they also have damaging effects on the environment due to their carbon elements.

Additionally, latex paint can pollute water sources and plant life if poured down a drain or dumped on the ground. Contaminated food sources can lead to serious problems.

If you dispose of old paint properly, these issues are avoided. The best way to ensure you do this is to contact a junk removal company that can take paint in your local area and handle the disposal for you.

Is All Paint Included?

Water-based paint is not considered a household hazardous waste, although it can still have a toxic effect on the environment. Although this paint can be disposed of easier (it can be put out as general waste), it is best to treat it the same way.

Oil-based paint and varnish stains are hardest to get rid of and cannot be taken to the dump or thrown out with normal trash.

How To Prepare Paint for Pickup

As with any other junk removal, the crew does the bulk of the work. There are a few things you can do to make the process go faster.

Wet Paint

Many junk removal services do not accept wet paint, and those who do are sure to be appreciative if you try to dry it out as much as you can before they come for pickup. Water paint often dries up by itself if you leave it open, but others may need a little assistance.

Kitty litter helps solidify paint, particularly latex. Mix it in equal parts with the paint and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.

Old Paint Cans

If you have empty paint cans and lids to match, seal them as best you can to stop any unnecessary fumes from escaping. Keep paint in its original can, and don’t remove any labels.

Even empty paint cans can still be fire hazards, so keep them in a cool, safe place (in a garage, for example) until they are ready for the junk removal crew to take them away.

Spray Paint

Separate the empty and not empty spray paint cans. If there is nothing left inside, hold the top of the can against some old cardboard. Push to de-pressurize it as much as possible.

EZ CleanUp and Hazardous Waste

Our expert team is highly qualified and experienced in all kinds of junk removal and disposal. We know the most efficient methods to properly dispose of all hazardous material, including old paint cans. Our team can take the paint off your hands and off to a safe disposal site.

Why Choose Us for Your Paint Removal?

Whatever waste removal services you require, call us up for a free price estimate. There is not much our crew is not capable of removing, including all kinds of old paint. The removal and clean-up teams are on standby to provide same-day service so that no wet paint stays lying around any longer than it needs to.

Additionally, we keep our customers’ needs at the forefront of how our company functions. You can send us photos of what you need or call us in for an on-site visit.

Responsible Junk and Paint Disposal

Our crew is dedicated to providing not only the best customer service but also to working with the most environmentally-friendly disposal locations. If hazardous materials like old paint cans end up in a landfill, the harmful chemicals can leak into the atmosphere.

At EZ CleanUp, we believe that recycling and responsible disposal are essential elements in modern junk removal. All our services, including picking up old paint, follow this principle.

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