Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
PROPER HANDLING OF PAINTS
Improper disposal of
painting wastes is harmful to the environment, hazardous to public
health and violates state law. Waste materials from painting
include excess paint, used thinner, cleanup water and wastes from prep
work such as chips and scraping. Even water-soluble latex paints
contain chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life and drinking water
thinners and waster from prep work may contaminate soil and groundwater,
if disposed of on the ground or in a septic tank.
The following paint
disposal and cleanup guidelines can help you protect the environment and
keep you in compliance with the law.
Latex Paint wastewater from cleanup on brushes, rollers and tools used
may be discharged to the sanitary sewer. Never pour excess paint
into the storm drain or sanitary sewer. Excess paint in buckets
must be removed and properly handled as leftover paint prior to washing
Oil-based paints and thinners should be disposed at the Household
Hazardous Waste Collection Center at 7676 Industrial Blvd, Allentown
(Fogelsville). Phone (610) 782-3073.