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Old 07-13-09, 10:43 AM   #1
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Disposing of solvents

The 'Degreasers' thread reminded me of a concern I've had - what's the right way to dispose of solvents (paint thinner, mineral spirits, etc..) you've used for cleaning? Obviously down the drain, into the street, or scattered across the neighbor's yard are all bad ideas, but what is the actual correct way?
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Old 07-13-09, 10:51 AM   #2
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Any auto shop can do it for you. They might charge you, depending on how much you have and how much business you give them. It is a contract with an EPA licensed disposal company, and they pay a fee to be serviced.
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Don't forget that you can reuse many solvents, especially mineral spirits. You can dump it into a jar and let the crap settle out at the bottom, then pour off the good clean stuff. I have also used coffee filters. You can get A LOT of life out of the stuff this way.
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Don't forget that you can reuse many solvents, especially mineral spirits. You can dump it into a jar and let the crap settle out at the bottom, then pour off the good clean stuff. I have also used coffee filters. You can get A LOT of life out of the stuff this way.
Yeah, I just use a big coke bottle and dump leftover chain solvent into it, then let it settle and re-use. I don't worry about small amounts of solvent used to clean the frame and such.
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I use it to kill weeds in my driveway expansion joints.
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our local landfill has a paint and thinner disposal area.
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I like to burn them on the street. Ruins both the air and the pavement at the same time.
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I like to burn them on the street. Ruins both the air and the pavement at the same time.
Could be handy for starting a riot too.
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We have a monthly hazardous waste disposal day, for chemicals, paints, fluorescent tubes, batteries, motor oil, wife's cooking... Check to see if your rubbish company or city has one.

Other posters are correct, you can "recycle" solvent yourself by letting the crud settle in a jar or bottle.
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