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10-26-2012 05:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chemical disposal

Was wondering where people dispose of their chemicals (Thinners, Denatured Alcohol, etc.) once they finish using them and have small quantities of leftovers…

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 06:16 AM

Pour them on kitty litter, throw away the clumps.

For fun: keep the kitty litter in a cat box and ask your wife whenever she comes in the shop: “Have you seen my kitty?” ;-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 10-26-2012 06:17 AM

Good idea!

-- Ken

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 06:57 AM

In Ontario we have Specific Locations where you ar suppose to take all that Toxic stuff for Disposal.

To be Honest. I don’t know anyone who does that. It usually gets buried in the Garbage Bag and hits the Curb every Wednesday.

Except my IDIOT Neighbour who does his own Oil Chages on 2 Cars.

He just stacks up the Old Oil in his Garge. It’s No Longer Motor Oil and It’s Very Toxic!

I told him last year to get rid of the stuff and Quoted him the By-Law that said it MUST be Properly disposed of.

This area is all Townhomes. A Month ago some Kids broke into his Garage when they where away and TRIED to Light The Stuff! They weren’t succcessful.

Someone else called the Cops and reported it. I asked the Cop if they where going to make him remove it. “We just file a report on the Breakin. That’s pretty well it” HUH??

I waited 3/4 Days after the IDIOT got home. “You going to get rid of that stuff?” .... “Oh well, maybe, prety soon, blah blah blah”.

I reported it to the Town By Law Officer. He came over, counted 53, 3.5 Litre Jugs of it (46.37US Gallons or 196US Quarts). He gave hime 48 Hours to dispose of it and bring the Receipt to Town Hall or face a Substantial Fine.

He did so. Naturally I’m now the ”Bad Boy” on the block for reporting him. Go figure!!


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#4 posted 10-26-2012 09:46 AM

About 11 or 12 years ago in England there was ‘the petrol strike’ – a protest against high gas prices and government fuel duty and taxes. The tanker drivers refused to make deliveries from refineries to depots.
Of course, everyone panicked and started stockpiling unleaded and diesel.
One idiot made the headlines when he filled up his 240L wheelie bin with petrol and brought it into his terraced home.
The wheelie bin had a leak and as far as I can remember, the petrol poured through the floor and the vapours spread underneath and across, affecting his neighbours and his neighbours neighbours.
Not that that has much to do with getting rid of old thinners and other chemicals, but it does illustrate just how stoopid some people are.

My local recycling centre doesn’t have a dedicated container for old thinners/white spirit etc, but there is a collection about once every three months for all that stuff.

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 11:29 AM

Dam! thats why i,m glad i dont have neighbours…....i got a 5gal bucket ..just pour it in,,,keep wood scraps in there to…when its time to build a fire in da wood stove i just toss in a few ,stack some wood in an let it roll..


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#6 posted 10-26-2012 02:22 PM

I keep used thinner in a one gallon can. After about a week, when the color and sediments settle, I pour off the “clear” thinner in another can, and use it for initial cleaning of brushes and such. When I do the final clean with clean MS, I pour it back into the first can. I get a lot of mileage from a gallon of thinner this way.
I do the same with cleaning shellac brushes. Eventually, you’ll wind up with about a 1 pound cut of shellac, and you can use it to seal end grain, etc.

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#7 posted 10-26-2012 08:35 PM

Mix with coke or redbull and drink it. Don’t forget some mint. :)

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 10-26-2012 10:03 PM

Here, the regular garbage pick-up will take it as ling as it dry/cured. So I leave paint cans in the garage, open, for a week or so, and then put it out with the regular garbage.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#9 posted 10-26-2012 10:14 PM

Well US federal HAZMAT laws make it difficult/expensive for municipalities to operate HAZMAT collection points. You need personnel that have taken special courses and have special licenses (special = expensive). You also need a slew of permits, certificates, and insurance. If the EPA finds the smallest deficiency, the collection site gets butt-raped.
That said, many localities contract the function to a private firm and only offer collection a couple times per month. SOOOOOO- even though said laws are meant to protect the environment, too many people simply allow the stuff to evaporate into the atmosphere or just throw the crap in the garbage. Funny. If they made it easier, they would undoubtedly get better compliance.

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 10:25 PM

Our city/county are having a collection of such items at the exhibition center, south of town. The paper had an article on it as to what to bring, not to bring and how to package or fix it for disposal. They are now doing this twice a year.

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#11 posted 10-27-2012 12:06 AM

If you can’t drink it, burn it.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#12 posted 10-27-2012 12:58 AM

Honest, officer, I ALWAYS dispose them in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, requirements, and even wishes and guidelines. The EPA is not only the guide to my ship, it’s the Bible of everything I do!

-- I dream of a world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#13 posted 10-27-2012 01:17 AM

I had an ex EPA guy as a client. He said that an implied license to use a solvent is part of paying for the container. Leftover paint and finish he reccomended folding and tape up a cardboard tray, pour out a thin layer and let it dry,repeat until the can is empty then throw away the cardboard. Solvents pour out in a metal tray to evaporate.
I have sprayed leftover solvent out with a spray gun just to get it over with, didn’t want to leave a pan of flammable solvent unsupervised and dangerous..
I have used waterborne finishes for the last 15 years so most of my solvents are stains these days.
Remember to let rags from oil finishes hang outside flat ! If you wad them up there is a risk of spontaneous combustion. This is real, my in laws garage burned down due to spontaneous combustion! Heat is created as the oil finish cures.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#14 posted 10-27-2012 01:50 AM

I always try to make an effort to dispose of the chemicals, oil, batteries, light bulbs, etc., if there is a disposal site fairly close. Most of the items I listed do have sites within a few miles of me. I cant find a close place for mineral spirits, etc., so with gas at $3.50 a gallon, it goes in the trash. My collector takes everything to a trash burner downtown, so I dont see any problems.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 10-27-2012 02:02 AM

Our county has a site where you could drop it off.
You do have to call to make an appointment.
It works really good. They pretty mnuch will take everything.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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