Spring cleaning includes your resin supplies too. Chances are you’re going to find something you don’t need anymore.
So how do you dispose of resin? Can you throw resin away in the trash?
Resin kits need proper handling like other chemicals you find in your home.
1. NEVER pour chemicals down your drain or toilet.
You may cause damage to your pipes or stop up your system. Don’t run them through the dishwasher either.
Plus, these chemicals can be marine pollutants. You might harm aquatic life if you pour these substances into a waterway.
2. If you have liquid resin or hardener you no longer want, take them to your local waste collection center.
These centers (in the U.S.) also collect paint, batteries, electronics, etc. They’ll know how to dispose of resin to keep the environment safe.
How should you package your resin bottles before taking them to a waste collection center?
Keep the labels on the containers. Then, put them in a package that allows waste collection personnel to handle the items safely. In other words, don’t hand them a bottle with sticky resin on the outside. Put your bottles in a plastic bag first.
💡 Pro tip: You can review your products’ safety data sheet (SDS) information. There will be recommendations and cautions on how you dispose of resin. And if your epoxy resin doesn’t have an SDS, you shouldn’t be using it anyway. Here’s why: 10 questions you should ask before buying resin.
3. If you have empty resin containers, cap them tightly before throwing them in the trash.
Once you use all the contents of a resin kit, switch the bottle caps. This will cure them shut. Or, if you have a small amount of resin and hardener in each, you can pour one bottle into the other, then allow it to cure. Once it’s hard, throw it away with your household trash.
💡 Pro tip: That switching the caps thing works whether your bottles are empty or not. Meaning — I’ve talked to more than one resin artist who’s accidentally sealed their kit bottles shut by switching the lids. D’oh.
4. Once your resin is completely dry, you can throw it away in your trash.
Yes, you can dispose of your resin mistakes in the trash once they’re fully dry. (and practice your three-pointer shooting skills)
💡 Pro tip: Otherwise, if you’re a resin nerd like me, here are some ideas on what to do with your resin mistakes.
5. If you are working with mixed resin and don’t need it all, let it cure before throwing it into the trash.
💡 Pro tip: If you hate wasting resin (who doesn’t?), have some other projects ready to go. Here are some of my favorite leftover resin projects.
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