Can I throw resin into the trash?
Originally written January 2015. Updated June 2018.
If you are anything like me, I generally start out the new year with a promise of getting more organized. My resin studio is no exception! I try to take an inventory of what I have and determine what I need or want. Part of my inventory process is also disposing of products I don’t need any more. If you are thinking about the same thing, please read these tips to make sure you know how to dispose of resin safely and responsibly.
1. NEVER pour chemicals down your drain or toilet.
You may cause damage to your pipes or stop up your system. Many resin supplies can also be marine pollutants, so you are harming aquatic life when you do this.
2. If you have liquid resin components that you don’t want any longer, the safest option is to take your local waste collection center as ‘hazardous materials’ waste.
These centers (at least in the U.S.) generally also collect paint, batteries, electronics, etc. to keep them out of landfills. You can also review the safety data sheet (SDS) information for your products. There will be recommendations and cautions on how the product can be disposed of. Be sure to keep labeling on the containers and put them in a package that allows waste collection personnel to handle the items safely. (e.g. Don’t hand them a bottle with sticky resin on the outside. Put it in a plastic bag first.)
3. If you have resin containers that are empty, be sure they are capped tight before throwing the containers in the trash.
Once I have used all the contents on resin and hardener kits, I will finish by with putting one cap on the other bottle. This will cure them shut! Alternatively, if you have a small amount of resin and hardener in each, you can pour one bottle into the other, allow to cure, then throw away with your regular trash.
4. Cured resin is considered inert and can be disposed of in regular trash.
Yes, you can throw your resin mistakes away. Otherwise, here are some ideas on what to do with your resin mistakes.
5. If you are working with mixed resin and find you don’t need all of it, allow it to cure before throwing it into the trash.
Otherwise, you can have some resin experiments ready to go for times like these. Here is some resin experiment inspiration.
If you ever have questions about how to dispose of your resin products, please contact the manufacturer.
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