Snohomish County Reusable Materials Exchange

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Your exchange administrator is:
Polagaya McLaughlin

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Recyclopedia: Paints and Solvents

Paints and Solvents

Paints and solvents can be among the more toxic products we have in our homes. Many paints contain heavy metals such as cadmium. Oil-based paints and paint thinners are made with solvents that evaporate easily, giving off harmful fumes. If you have old oil based paints still on hand, they may contain lead, and are therefore Household Hazardous Waste. Bring oil based paints and solvents to the Snohomish County Moderate Risk Waste Facility for proper disposal.  Latex paints contain fewer toxic substances than oil-based paints and do not require solvents for thinning and clean up. Latex paints can be dried out and then discarded as garbage.  (Liquids are not accepted as garbage.)

Reusable Building Materials Exchanges-such as Habitat for Humanity’s Reuse Stores-may accept used paint.  Or, you can list leftover paint on 2Good2Toss. Leftover paint can also be remanufactured or blended into a new product. Consider buying remanufactured or blended paint when it’s available.

Buy only as much paint as you need to do the job. Pass leftovers on to someone else to use. A Paint Calculator that helps you figure out the quantity needed to paint an area is here