Canton - Massachusetts
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RECYCLING DEPARTMENT

1492 Washington Street
Canton, Mass. 02021

Telephone: 781-575-6650

Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 4.00pm
                  Closed Sundays and on New Years Day - Martin Luther King Day                        Washington's Birthday - Memorial Day - Independence Day
Labor Day - Columbus Day - Thanksgiving Day - Christmas Day
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What paint products are considered hazardous?

How can I reduce hazardous waste?

How can I store paint products?

How should I dispose of hazardous products and waste?

What paint products are less hazardous?

How should I dispose of non-hazardous paints and empty paint cans?

What paints are recyclable?

How can I save time and money on paint supplies?

How do I decide what to buy?

How do I prepare surfaces to increase the lifetime of the paint?

How do I properly apply paint?

How do I calculate how much I need?

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What paint products are considered hazardous?

Oil based paints, paints containing heavy metals such a s lead, cadmium or mercury, marine paints, artist's paint, aerosol paints, and most solvent-based stains, sealants, and paint solvents.
Paints dating prior to 1978 should be considered lead paint and treated as hazardous. They may also contain other heavy metals.
Wood preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and creosote are really pesticides and should be treated as a hazardous substance.
If the label on the can says any of the following, the product should be treated as hazardous: enamel, clean up with mineral spirits, contains petroleum distillate, combustible: keep away from heat or flame, harmful or fatal if swallowed.

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How can I reduce hazardous waste?

Read the label and follow all of the manufacturers instructions.
Use all toxic products in a well ventilated area that exhausts to the outside. Work outside whenever possible.
Avoid breathing sawdust from treated and painted surfaces. Use a proper face mask when sawing these materials. Ventillate your work area.
Do not mix different products, it may make them unrecyclable, and increase the disposal cost.

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How can I store paint products?

Label and seal all cans and containers. Wipe the excess paint off the rim before replacing the lid.
Store cans of opened paint with the lid side down for at least three days. The paint will seal the can to prevent hardening or moisture damage.
Store products in a safe, dry place which is moderate in temperature (freezing can damage paint, make it unusable and unrecyclable).
Store away from the wall on a shelf or place cardboard under the cans if stored on the floor.

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How should I dispose of hazardous products and waste?

Do not dispose of hazardous products or waste down the drain, on the ground, or into a water supply. These substances can contaminate ground and surface water, poison aquatic life and make water unsafe for drinking or swimming.
Do not remove lead paint yourself. Contact a Lead Removal Contractor certified by Mass. Dept of Labor and Industries.
Save all hazardous waste for disposal at a hazardous waste collection site.
Save all types of paint and related products in which the cans are more than 3/4 full, and the paint has not been frozen or mixed with any other paint or product for a paint swap or recycling event.
Use up all paints (except for mercury and lead based paints) and paint products (except for pentachlorophenol and creosote) on touch-ups or on another project. Give leftover good quality, labeled paint and related products to a friend or to community organizations.
Do not burn wood or sawdust treated with wood preservatives, paint or stain

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What paint products are less hazardous?

Water based (latex) paints, recycled paints, and "natural" paints (made with beeswax, plant waxes, and linseed oil instead of petroleum based solvents).

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How should I dispose of non-hazardous paints and empty paint cans?

Contact your town to find out if they will accept your paint cans for recycling.
Dispose paint cans that are empty or have dried paint in the regular trash.
Recycle all types of paint when the containers are more than 3/4 full, and the paint has not been frozen or mixed with any other paint.
Dry out water-based latex paints and dispose in the regular trash.

  • If the can has an inch or less of paint remaining, pour some kitty litter (clay type without chemical additives) or sawdust in the can, and mix until there is no free liquid. Cover the can.
  • For larger quantities of water-based paint, half inch layers of paint can be poured into a card board box lined with plastic. Allow each successive layer to dry before adding the next.

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What paints are recyclable?

Interior and exterior latex and oil-based house paints.
Latex or oil-based trim, deck, and floor paints.
Ceiling paints

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How can I save time and money on paint supplies?

Paint is not only expensive to buy, it is expensive to dispose of properly. Paint is the largest component of the household hazardous waste stream.
For most jobs around the home, latex based paints are the least toxic, easiest to use, low odor, quickest drying, and durable. They are also easy to apply and clean up.
Try these other tips to save paint and money:

  • Plan your painting job.
  • Buy the right type of paint for the job.
  • Buy only the quantity you need
  • Store the paint properly

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How do I decide what to buy?

Consider type of surface to be painted (wood, metal, sheet rock) and what basic performance requirements are needed.
Consider weather conditions (temperature, humidity, sun exposure) for painting. Deeply pigmented paints can separate during application if painted in direct sunlight.
Research paint quality. A high quality, more expensive paint may require fewer coats and can last up to twice as long.
Avoid purchasing exotic colors that you will not be able to use for another project. You can return leftover, unopened cans of stock color.
Tint primer to match the finish color. If you are not using a primer, consider the color of the surface to be painted and the color of the paint to determine amount of coverage needed.
Consider equipment to be used for application. What type of finish and coverage do you need? Purchase appropriate roller covers: 3/8" leaves a smooth finish, 1/2" leaves a textured finish and uses more paint.

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How do I prepare surfaces to increase the lifetime of the paint?

Fill holes and dents with wood putty, then sand. Prime putty before painting.
Tape sheet rock seams and plaster surfaces, and fill nail gouges. Completely dry newly applied plaster before painting.
Wash, rinse, and dry surface. Sand or scrape if necessary
Coat knots on wood with a primer.

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How do I properly apply paint?

Avoid applying paint too thickly.
Do not dilute paint unless you are sure that the quality will not be affected.
Wait at least 24 hours between coats. This allows the paint film to harden, maximizing the coverage of the second coat.

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How do I calculate how much I need?

Measure the rooms you need to paint, including the door and window sizes. Insert your figures into the following calculations to measure interior and exterior square footage:
WALLS:
Width of all the walls added together (in feet) x Height of the wall (in feet) = total wall surface (in square feet).
WINDOWS:
Height of window (in feet) x width of window (in feet) x number of windows = total window surface (in square feet)
DOORS:
Height of door (in feet) x width of door (in feet) x number of doors = total door surface (in square feet)
ROOM FORMULA:
Walls - Windows + Doors = Square feet of area to be painted.

GABLES:
Multiply the height (in feet) of the gable x its width (in feet), and divide by 2 (two) = (feet).
EAVES:
Multiply the width (in feet) of the overhang x its length (in feet) = (feet)

Once you have calculated the total square footage of paint required, divide this total by 400 (number of square feet one gallon of paint will cover, also called the Average Spread Rate). This will provide a good estimate of the total number of gallons necessary for an average one-coat painting. Once you select the paint you want, use the spread rate written on the can (it may be different) to better estimate what you need.

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Recycle for Gold

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Turn unwanted cars and trucks into something very SPECIAL
Be a part of the movement. Join with the Special Olympics in our drive for the gold.
Give us a call (1-800-590-1600) and we'll tow away your unwanted vehicles for free! We'll recycle them into the funds we need to support our year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation.
You'll not only get the satisfaction of contributing to a worthwhile cause, you may also get a great tax deduction.
For more information and to arrange for a free pick-up call: 1-800-590-1600.

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