Paint Recycling in the UK is a large and growing problem. Residential properties may be able to take their waste paint to local recycling centres, but this is becoming uncommon. To find out if this is possible you need to check with your local county council website.
All commercial paint recycling must be carried out by a licensed waste management company such as All Waste Matters.
What Is ‘Waste To Energy’ And What Are The Benefits Of This Method?
‘Waste to Energy’ is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source.
With this method, waste is disposed of and burned in incinerators and through this process, we are able to gain a source of energy which can be used to form electricity. As you can imagine this is a lot kinder to the environment than using landfill sites or other process which may involve harsh chemicals.
Waste to Energy is a great method in order to recover valuable resources from any kind of waste, including hazardous chemical and liquid waste, and it can be used to complement the regular recycling.
What Does The Process Actually Involve?
The process of Waste to Energy disposal involves collecting hazardous waste and destroying it in large incinerators, which burn the waste at very high temperatures (about 900 C). The heat produced boils water which then powers steam generators which are then able to power turbines and generate electricity.
All steam released is then filtered through lime scrubbers which neutralises any acids, therefore, preventing acid rain.
What Types Of Hazardous Waste Can Be Treated With Waste To Energy?
Households and businesses all generate waste which can be classed as hazardous and can come in the form of liquids and solids.
Examples of common hazardous waste include:
Paint, glue and varnish waste
Solvents including turpentine, paint thinner and acetone.
Unused medicine, pharmaceutical products
Refrigerators and freezers
If hazardous waste isn’t disposed of in the correct manner, it can pose a serious risk to people and the environment. It can contaminate not only landfill sites but also the area in which you dispose of your waste with harmful risks for the environment and for the people working on the site.
It is always a good idea to research what local companies near you can help you dispose of your hazardous waste and put a plan in place. You will not only be protecting the environment but also contribute to recovering valuable resources and create environmentally-friendly energy.
How To Dispose of Oil-Based Paint, Thinner And Other Solvents?
Local councils are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from landfill sites, so if you can't use it up or find it a good home by giving it away you may have been asked to harden it before disposal by adding a paint hardener, sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry. This practice is now dated, terrible for the environment and in some cases illegal.
Having said that, disposing of paint tins and other chemical solvents remains a huge problem.
Your chosen waste disposal partner can work with you on establishing a safe procedure for you and your employees. If you need to know who can offer this service in your local area, you can simply search online for ‘recycling paint near me’. Do remember that paint, thinner and other solvents are highly inflammable so special procedures must be in place when dealing with them.
Recently, we have seen the rise of broker firms that use third party centres to dispose of their clients’ waste. This means the disposal of paint could happen by anybody at any site. Please be aware that this is not advisable as these brokers often used methods that are not fully traceable and you will still be liable in case of any breach of the law.
At All Waste Matters we can take care of the entire process for you. We have our own collection vehicles and licensed paint recycling centre. This means your disposal of paint, thinner and solvents is done with minimum impact and traced to its eventual disposal.
We use high temperature Waste to Energy plants to convert the old tins of paint into reusable energy. The energy produced is then sent directly back to the national grid.
We are proud to say that, by using the Waste to Energy method, we can actively contribute to recover valuable resources and create a sustainable waste management chain which far outweighs the effort put in to dispose of hazardous waste safely.