All types of paints, adhesives and varnishes
Remnants of these products must never be poured down the drain, but handed in at a recycling station that receives hazardous waste, along with rags and anything else with residues of the products on them. Wipe any paint off your hands before washing them. Carefully wipe paintbrushes, and then rinse them in a container holding water or solvent. Re-wipe before cleaning them under running water. Hand in product remnants inside their original packaging or a container clearly marked to show its contents, e.g. “water-based acrylic paint”.
Sort emptied pots and tubes like any other packaging, disposing of, e.g. plastic tubs along with plastic packaging.
Take special care with paints containing cadmium or zinc. (Note that cadmium yellow or cadmium red paints with “hue”, “sub” or “imit” after the colour name do not contain cadmium). If the waste contains cadmium or zinc, you must mark it as “waste containing cadmium”.