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07-14-2014 11:30 PM

Simple question that I do not know the answer to. How do you do it? Bring it to the dump to be collected, pour down the drain, dispose of in the woods when no one is looking?

Appreciate the help. I have several jars with used thinner that are starting to accumulate.

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 11:52 PM

Tell your children or grandchildren to never use it on their camp fires.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 11:53 PM

Well first I like to say DO NOT put down your drain two things come to mind if you have pvc pluming you could over time damage your pipes. The other is you are pouring Hazardous Waste down your drain paint thinner is just that.

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 11:58 PM

Take it to hazardous collection. They’ll toss it in the incinerator and generate some electricity. Also, you should find a metal or plastic container to avoid having a mess when the glass bottles break.

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 12:06 AM

I collect it in jars that I leave open in the shop; over time it tends to evaporate; the stuff that’s left over I bring to the local hazardous waste depot along with used oil, paints, etc.

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 12:07 AM

Around me, twice a year the county accepts hazardous waste such as paint thinner and other paint related chemicals for free from non-business residents only.

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 12:37 AM

ok guys, thanks. That’s what I thought, so I’ll call the dump to see if they take it.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 12:47 AM

I soak newspaper in it and use it to start brushpiles on fire.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 01:01 AM

same as paint. leave the can open and when it dries up you can leave it in the trash dumpster with the top open.

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 02:05 AM

Yes, what Grandpa just said.

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 02:11 AM

We have a twice a year collection facility in Fort Worth. You can go any day and show them your city water bill and they’ll take it. Supposedly works for all the bad stuff like fluorescent lights, batteries, paint, motor oil, etc. Check with your city. I’m not always a by the book guy, but when it comes to this I think it is necessary. I’m no treehugger, but I also don’t want hazardous waste all over the place.

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 02:26 AM

I dump it over the fence in the neighbors yard. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 02:42 AM

I dump it over the fence in the neighbors yard. What he doesn t know won t hurt him.

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Be sure to fling it so that the weeds growing next to your fence are killed, you wicked nature-hater! (insert laugh face here). Just make sure he is downhill from you so it doesn’t run back into your yard!

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 02:55 AM

You do know, don’t you, that thinner can be poured into a 3-5
gallon bucket and the solids will settle to the bottom over several
weeks? Clean thinner can be scooped off the top. Admittedly
I only ever used reclaimed thinner for clean-up but I think
with one or two cycles of settling it could be used fine for
thinning paint or oil varnish (which is basically unpigmented

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#14 posted 07-15-2014 03:59 AM

...thinner can be poured into a 3-5 gallon bucket and the solids will settle to the bottom over several weeks….
- Loren

Yes. When left to settle for several months, it becomes quite clean. I keep it in metal cans, just to be sure it’s not contaminated with plastic. Even though I use it mainly for cleanup, I have been known to use it for thinner, with good results, even for spraying, after filtering.

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 04:13 AM

Ditto what Loren said. I keep a few coffee cans with lids on a shelf outside, with the newest “used” thinner farthest to the left. The can or two farthest to the right are usually pretty well settled and ready to pour the clean stuff off the top. I also keep one can especially for the mucky stuff that settled to the bottom, which I feed to the neighbors dog.

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