How to rinse a ROCKCOTE bucket and dispose of product properly

How to rinse a ROCKCOTE bucket and dispose of product properly

Did you know that in some states it is illegal to pour paint and texture into the drains/sewers? This includes rinsing/washing paint and texture tools in areas where the paint or texture could go into a drain (either home or stormwater). It is also illegal in some states to dispose of liquid waste to landfill (e.g. placing wet paint into a general waste bin).

The majority of ROCKCOTE’s wet products (such as paint and texture sold in buckets) are water-based. However, they still need to be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

The best method of disposal for paints and textures is to use all of the product. Make accurate calculations on how much product you may require in the first instance, and then only purchase what you require. Although, you should keep in mind that for the same project, for tinted wet products, you should use products from the same batch number and tinted at the same time to ensure the finish on the project is uniform.

Alternatively, find another purpose for the excess product – is there another project on which you could use the remainder of the product? Or could you donate it to someone who might use it for one of their projects (i.e. donate paint to a friend who is revamping an old piece of furniture)? However, unless the other purpose can use the texture before it dries, this option may only be suitable for paint disposal.

Disposing of Excess Texture

If you have excess wet texture from your project, the best disposal method is to let it dry and dispose of it as a solid product. For example, if you have half a 15L bucket worth of wet texture that you have no other purpose for, leave the lid off and let it dry into a solid. This should be done in an area well away from children and animals, and should take approximately 4 hours. Alternatively, you could use an absorbent material such as kitty litter to help dry out the product and then dispose of all of the affected material appropriately.

ROCKCOTE buckets are made from polypropylene, which is non-stick, so texture should be easily removed from these buckets once dried. Empty ROCKCOTE buckets can be reused, or disposed of through household or appropriate commercial recycling bins.

Do not place any dried or wet texture into any household bins. Dried texture should be disposed of in a skip, or taken to a transfer station or tip for disposal. If you decide to dispose of the dried texture and bucket together (without removing the dry texture), then ensure that the lid to the bucket is left off. Transfer stations and tips will not accept liquid waste, so this allows them to see that the contents are dry, and also enables the waste to be easily crushed for landfill.

Disposing of Paint

Even water-based and low VOC paints, such as EcoStyle and other ROCKCOTE paints, need to be disposed of properly. In some states it is even an offense to let run off from these paints get into stormwater drains or sewers. To prevent paint or paint residue getting into the stormwater systems or sewers, The Northern Territory Government states that you should:

  • Transfer as much paint as you can from rollers, brushes and trays back into the paint containers at the end of the day or job
  • Transfer the water used to clean one roller tray into the next tray to be cleaned, and so on
  • Spin brushes and roller sleeves (if possible) into a waste paint drum before you wash them
  • Let the waste paint dry and dispose of it as solid waste
  • Wash brushes and roller sleeves in a pail using as little water as possible;
  • Re-use the water used to clean painting equipment where practicable (for example, use it for cleaning again the following day)
  • Place all wastewater from equipment cleaning into larger drums and allow the solids to settle
  • Dispose of wastewater by tipping it on to a flat, grassy area or area of soil that can retain the liquid. Put it in a place where it won't run into any sewer, stormwater drain or natural waterway
  • Dispose of solid waste by sealing it and placing it for disposal with other solid waste (which is taken to a waste transfer station).

Behaviour you should avoid (Northern Territory Government) includes:

  • Washing brushes, rollers and trays by flushing them under running water that ends up in either the sewer, stormwater network or natural waterways
  • Emptying paint wastewater into any drain or natural waterway or at a point from which it can reach a drain or waterway
  • Disposing of the solid waste along with household waste.

The best and recommended disposal method for EcoStyle and other ROCKCOTE paints is to dispose of them through RA Industries Reclaimer Portable Paint Wash Recycling.

If RA Industries Reclaimer Portable Paint Wash Recycling is unavailable to you, an alternative disposal of water-based paints is to dry them out. Once paint has dried fully, it is considered general solid waste (non-putrescible) and can be disposed of as general waste. You can then either scrape it out of its container and dispose of, or dispose of it in its container without the lid.

Depending on which Council region you are in, small amounts of dried paint might be acceptable in your household general waste bin. However, dried paint should be disposed of either into a skip or at your local transfer station or tip. If you are disposing of paint in its container, ensure it does not have a lid, as it needs to be easy to determine that the contents of the container are not liquid waste.

For homeowners, some Council regions also provide household hazardous waste drop off facilities to enable you to dispose of any wet paint. Commercial paint disposal options are also available through paint disposal companies.

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