Never wash brushes, rollers and trays by flushing them under running water, which ends up in the sewer, stormwater network or natural waterways.
Never empty paint wastewater into any drain or natural waterway or where it could reach a drain or waterway. Check for any drains in your vicinity. Note that wood chips are often laid over plastic, which may lead water to a drain.
Never dispose of used turps or other solvents by tipping them down any drain leading to the sewer, stormwater network or natural waterways.
Never mix flammable solvents with water, because the waste classification and therefore the disposal requirements are likely to change to Group A or hazardous waste.
Never use the same washing facilities for water-based and solvent-based paints. If both types of paints are to be used on a project, then establish two separate rows of wash-out containers.
Never deposit any liquid or containers with liquid inside into the waste bin.
Never dispose of solvent washings or solvent waste to soil.
Never burn off paint tins.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011