How to Dispose Paint in Singapore? (4 Correct Ways To Do It)

Whether you’re dealing with dried or moist paint, you always need to dispose of them properly after use. Notably, you should never throw liquid paint into the trash or into drains.

Leftover paints contain chemicals that can pass through wastewater systems and enter drinking water if they’re not sufficiently discarded. This can not only be harmful to humans – who depend on water for almost anything – but can also threaten freshwater and saltwater fish and plants.

Even though Singapore has few farms, this hazardous waste can negatively impact livestock and other food sources, such as farming crops in our neighboring countries too. Do you want to throw away used paints the right way? Read on as we discuss ways to do this.

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Singapore’s Toxic Waste Control

When you’re transporting, treating, disposing of, or dealing with waste, you always need to follow the strict stipulations set out by the Environmental Public Health Regulations. These regulations also outline the list of controlled toxic industrial wastes and how they are to be dealt with in respect to paint disposal.

All toxic waste collectors must, according to the regulations, be licensed before they can transport or dispose of various waste materials. Moreover, you’ll need to get approval before transporting excessive waste that exceed the volumes and quantities of the stipulated amounts.

The relative license will be issued to you on the condition that:

  • Your toxic waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility is in a suitable isolated or industrial area that is distanced from any form of water catchment
  • The types and volumes of waste you’re getting rid of correspond with its treatment and disposal processes
  • You provide all the measures that’ll prevent any leaking or the accidental release of toxic wastes.

Paint Disposal Options

Option 1: Drying Out Paint

Certain types of paint, such as latex, acrylic, and water-based variants, should never be disposed of in liquid form. It’s crucial to avoid pouring leftover paint down drains or tossing cans directly into the trash.

It iss advisable to allow the paint to dry out thoroughly before disposal. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the lid and let the paint dry in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Apply excess paint onto newspaper or cardboard using a brush or roller.
  3. Once the paint has dried, dispose of the paper or cardboard in the trash.
  4. To expedite the drying process, mix moist paint with materials like shredded paper, cat litter, or sand.
  5. Dispose of the solidified paint or the container used for drying in the appropriate waste receptacle.

Option 2: Donating or Selling Unused Paint

Recycling paint can be your next go-to option if you weren’t to dispose of it. You can also choose to donate unused paint to organizations such as schools, nursery centres, drama clubs, community theaters or any non-profit organisation (NGO) that could use it for their causes.

Additionally, unused paint can also be donated to organisations that distribute it to those community groups in social need.

If you’ve used oil-based paints then you can’t recycle it. Instead, you’ll need to donate it to your nearest hazardous waste initiative. Water-based paint on the other hand can be reused and is the most commonly accepted product at hazardous waste outlets because it isn’t considered toxic.

Option 3: Engage A Licensed Toxic Waste Collector

If you’re dealing with toxic industrial waste, you’ll have to treat it in an in-house waste treatment plant or at any of NEA’s landfill treatment sites. Additionally, you can also contact a licensed toxic waste collector to collect your waste for treatment or disposal.

The collector would take the toxic industrial waste and transport it before treating, storing, reprocessing or storing it in a sustainable way.

Option 4: Request Professional Painters to Dispose for You

Professional painters do disposal as a part of their trade. Much like collectors, they’ll know how to dispose of your unused paint the right way. Moreover, they could also use it for their future painting projects.

Do note that most professional painters will only dispose of unused paint for their clients when the clients engaged their core services.

PaintingGuy is not able to help. If you have used our painting services, we are able to help safely and sufficiently dispose of paint for our clients.

To Sum It Up

Singapore residents should be aware of the environmental precautions to take when disposing of their paint. Paint usually dries within a few days as Singapore is a hot country and you should remember to never attempt to burn the paint because of other health hazards it may cause.

Avoid direct heat from the sun as it might cause fire hazards. Otherwise, recycling, reusing, and donating is the way to go!

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