Epoxy resins are commonly used in the manufacture of adhesives, plastics, paints, or sealers. You can use them for various building and construction applications or projects. After use, you need to know how to safely dispose of the epoxy resin so as not to harm the environment. Let's look at some tips to safely disposing of resin and manage this unwanted waste.
Before you begin a project, you must determine the amount of resin required for the project. The resin hardens when it's unused, and you need to optimize what you purchase. It is always easier for you to manage the epoxy than disposing of it. As you begin the project, you should mix the resin and hardener in small bits for easier management. This will not only save you money but also save the environment.
If you spill resin or some of it leaks, you should collect it as soon as possible to use later. It is collectible once it spills. Releasing it contaminates the environment; land, water, and air. However, when you use a solvent to clean the spill, you must check the solvent caution.
Once you are done with a project or task, you should dispose of the resin exposed to moisture. This is mainly because unused resin may get damaged. Nevertheless, if it is mixed with a hardener, it may have a longer shelf-life.
You should never pour resin down your drain. Not only does this expose your pipes to damage, but it also contributes to the destruction of the environment at large. You also risk harming aquatic life.
These collection points usually deal with batteries, electronics, paint residues, and other hazardous materials. Before you take your product, you should label it and help the waste collection professionals safely handle it. You may also check the SDS sheet on your product and know what you are dealing with.
It would be best if you tightly capped the resin containers before throwing them into the trash; it doesn't matter if they are empty or not. If you have many bottles with a little amount of resin left, you can put all the product in one container, allow to cure, cap them, and dispose of them into your regular trash. Curing resin makes it inert and safe for regular disposal.
Disposing resin safely does not have to be a difficult task. It starts with accurately knowing the amount to purchase, the way you use it, and how you manage the spills. The remainders can be safely stored in an airtight container, and the rest discarded safely using the tips discussed here.