Question: can you recycle empty paint cans?
For a long time, I've been told that once a can of paint is completely empty and used up, you can safely toss the can into the curbside recycling bin for recycling.
Well, I just had my house painted with who-knows-how-much-paint from Benjamin Moore's Aura Exterior line. Above is a photograph of all the empty cans with the dried up black paint dripping inside and outside.
As I looked at the cans, I just couldn't imagine it would be OK to recycle them. There's still a coating of dark paint inside and outside of the steel can. If I rinse out food containers for recycling, shouldn't I do the same for paint?
So, I asked Benjamin Moore, and here's what they said:
Always check your local recycling regulations, but in general, once they are dried out, they are safe to recycle in your regular recycling.
So, there you have it. I'm going to put them out for recycling and see what happens. Maybe I'll print out the email from Benjamin Moore and tape it to the cans….