wash out paint brushes or equipment over storm drains, open ditches or
streets. Discharging water from cleaning paint equipment into the City
storm system is a water quality violation.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Buy only the amount of paint you need for your project. Use any extra
paint. Give a wall a second coat or use as a base coat for another project.
Leftover paint may be taken to the
RE Store for reuse. Call the RE Store at
(360) 647-5921 for more information.
Dispose of oil-based paint, paint containing lead, and paint thinner, at
Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics (DoT). Wash brushes and pans with
paint thinner. Recycle the paint thinner by storing it in a closed jar until
particles settle. Strain off the clear liquid for reuse. Take the remaining
sludge to DoT.
Dispose of latex-based paint in your regular trash. To soak up
excess paint, add kitty litter or sawdust to the can
and stir until firm. Allow contents to harden and place the can in the
trash with the lid off. If you are connected to the City sewer system, water from washing brushes and pans should be poured
down the sink so it will be treated at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. If
you are on a septic system, do not dispose of wash water in the sink.
Collect your waste water and discharge it at a facility connected to the
City sewer system.
If you are removing paint by pressure
washing, collect the waste water for proper disposal at the
Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics. Do not allow waste water to flow into
the street and down a storm drain.