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5 Tips for Safe Solvents Disposal

Posted by Andrew Weiss on

No matter what sort of thinning, cleaning, or degreasing you are planning to do, East Coast Kemiko carries all the acetone, denatured alcohol, Mek, xylene and similar wide-application and specialty solvents you need for your project. But what do you do when your project is complete and you have left over chemicals? There are many options for chemical waste removal these days and there may even be a local drop off that collects and disposes of them for you nearby. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your project, purchasing chemicals, and disposal that will help to eliminate your chemical and solvent wastes the right way.

1. Plan for the Project
One way to avoid having left over solvents is to plan accordingly for your project and only purchase the amount that you need. Consider the scale of the job. If you are thinning, how much coverage are you looking at and what number of coats will the job require. In most cases, less is more, and you'll tend to find on most projects that you over-buy on your solvents.

2. Save for Future Use
Some unused solvents can be stored in clean glass containers with tight fitting lids. You can store it for future use on new projects, but keep in mind that overtime the solvents can lose potency. It is also important to label each container clearly and store it in a dark and dry area away from pets and children. Many people also donate unused materials to groups who may need it for a more current project.

3. Find Your Local Collection Facility
As mentioned earlier, most communities have drop off points for hazardous materials like thinners and solvents. If you are unaware of your drop off facility, you can contact the EPA who will help you to locate the nearest location to you.

4. Dry it
Many solvents can be air dried and then disposed of in the trash. If you have a small amount left this can take little time and prove to be very effective. You must open your original container as much as possible and in a well ventilated area. Solvent fumes are dangerous and should not be inhaled. You can add an absorbent material like saw dust or kitty litter to speed up the process. Once the chemicals have dried, the entire sealed container can be placed in a sealed plastic bag and thrown in the trash.

If you have additional questions on how to purchase the right materials for the job, the correct amount of materials needed, or what to do with your left over chemicals, you can always contact the professionals at East Coast Kemiko.


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