Paint is a common household and workplace material that can be recycled, donated, or disposed of responsibly. Oil- and water-based paints pose different challenges when recycling, and you can extend the use of paint by storing it safely and passing it along to someone who can use it. In this Earth911 Quiz, test your paint recycling and disposal knowledge.
Earth911 Quiz #67: Do you know how to recycle paint?
Paint covers our buildings, delights the eye with vibrant color in the home, and presents a recycling challenge. Do you know the steps for recycling paint? What are the differences between latex and oil-based paint recycling steps? Challenge your paint recycling knowledge in this Earth911 Quiz.
Every week, Earth911.com challenges you with quizzes that test your sustainability savvy and help you make environmentally friendly choices when you shop, use products, and dispose of unwanted items.
How should paint be stored to prevent drying and extend its useful life?
The first step in recycling paint is keeping it in useful form for as long as possible. You’ll always need a touch-up can, and it is better to keep one a long time than use and recycle cans because they dry out. What’s the best way to store paint.
When you have a half-empty can of paint, what’s the best way to dispose of it?
Sometimes, paint will go unused because you’ve changed colors or moved. When faced with disposing of half-used cans of paint, what’s the best first step?
Can aerosol paint cans be recycled?
Paint sometimes comes in spray cans. can these cans be recycled?
How should oil-based paint be prepared for safe disposal?
Unfortunately, oil-based (or “alkyd”) paints cannot be recycled. But they should not be tossed directly into the trash or dropped at the dump. What is the best way to prepare oil-based paint for disposal?
How can latex paint be prepared for recycling?
If you cannot reuse or donate latex (or “water-based”) paint, it can be recycled. How should it be prepared for recycling?
How much energy is saved by recycling a can of paint?
The production of paint requires raw materials and energy. How much power is preserved for other uses by recycling a single gallon of recycled paint for re-use?
Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.
This quiz was originally published on July 18, 2019.
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