How to Dispose of Turpenoid

Turpenoid is a substitute for turpentine. Therefore, Turpenoid is also used for cleaning oil paintbrushes.

Turpenoid must be combined with drying oils, such as walnut oil, linseed oil, or stand oil to clean brushes.

After you have no use for the solvent, you will need to dispose of it properly. This is because Turpenoid is a mineral spirit—a petroleum distillate.

So, it can pose a risk to the environment due to improper disposal. Here’s how to dispose of Turpenoid.

Dispose of Tupenoid Using Your City’s Waste Management Department

You should first consider disposing of Turpenoid through your local hazardous waste management department.

Take a look at the steps you must take.

Step 1. Check the Turpenoid Label

Some Turpenoid products typically claim that there are no flammable ingredients present in them.

In that case, there is a lower risk when handling and disposing of it.

Checking the label can help you determine what precautions to take when disposing of it.

Step 2. Contact Your Local Hazardous Waste Management Facility

Contact your local hazardous waste management facility. Mention that you wish to dispose of Turpenoid, a mineral spirit.

The representative may provide you with guidelines on the proper disposal of the ingredients in the Turpenoid product.

These guidelines will be based on local or state rules and regulations for the disposal of certain hazardous materials.

Follow All Rules and Regulations

It is imperative that you follow all guidelines provided by your local hazardous waste management facility.

You could end up paying penalty feeds if you don’t dispose of those materials lawfully.

If there’s a court case, you will have to spend money on attorney fees and time and effort on court meetings.

Take care from the start, and you can save yourself from an unnecessary hassle.

Step 3. Set Up a Pick-Up or Drop-Off Appointment

Some hazardous waste management facilities offer to pick up the material from your home. In that case, set up a pick-up appointment.

Make sure to give yourself enough time to pack the Turpenoid product for transportation.

Also, your local hazardous waste management facility may not pick up the material. In that case, ask the representative when you can drop it off.

This way, you won’t risk making a useless trip if the facility is closed.

Step 4. Pack the Turpenoid for Transport

Use a plastic bag or a well-constructed box to store and transport Turpenoid.

These storage options will prevent the contents from getting exposed to the environment.

After that, place the contained Turpenoid in a non-combustible container. This will prevent the risk of fire.

Using appropriate packaging will also ensure that the Turpenoid does not make a mess during transportation.

Place the Packaged Turpenoid in Your Vehicle

Keep the storage container in the trunk of your car when traveling. Placing it in the cabin could stain the upholstery.

If you have a truck, it’s best to use that vehicle. Placing Turpenoid at the back of the truck won’t stain your vehicle.

Make sure to keep the container of Turpenoid securely. That way, it won’t fall and spill in the moving vehicle.

Step 5. Hand the Turpenoid to Your Local Hazardous Waste Management Facility

When you hand over the Turpenoid to your local hazardous waste management facility, ask the representative for the correct disposal bin.

Place it in the correct bin to avoid causing sorting problems for workers at the facility.

Dispose of Turpenoid on Your Own Safely

In some cases, your local hazardous waste management department may allow you to dispose of Turpenoid on your own.

With a simple disposal method, you can prevent putting a risk to the environment.

Dispose of Turpenoid Using Kitty Litter

You can safely dispose of Turpenoid using kitty litter. This method involves drying the Turpenoid product out.

Turpenoid can pose a risk to the environment when it is wet.

Kitty litter is hygroscopic, meaning it will absorb the Turpenoid product and clump together.

After that, you can dump it in your trash. Animals won’t be able to get into contact with Turpenoid through this process.

Step 1. Wear the Appropriate Attire

You could wear a long sleeves shirt to prevent any Turpenoid from getting onto your skin. Make sure to wear an old shirt that you don’t mind staining.

Wear a pair of latex gloves to prevent getting any material stuck under your fingernails. Make sure the gloves offer enough mobility.

Step 2. Combine the Turpenoid with Kitty Litter

Make sure that the Turpenoid is in the container you aim to throw it in. After that, you must transfer kitty litter to the container with Turpenoid.

Make sure the amount of litter is equal to the amount of Turpenoid.

Don’t be afraid to add more kitty litter to the container if it seems like the existing amount is not enough.

Turpenoid takes longer to dry than turpentine does. Therefore, you may need a good amount of kitty litter to absorb all of it.

You may feel that the existing Turpenoid container is not large enough.

In that case, transfer the Turpenoid in a lined box or trash can and directly put the litter in there. This step will prevent spillages.

Step 3. Give the Kitty Litter Time to Absorb the Turpenoid

Kitty litter will not absorb Turpenoid instantly.

You should wait for about an hour so that there is no liquid left in the container.

Stir the Mixture in Intervals

Use any wooden spoon or stick to stir the contents.

You should stir it for about a minute at least a few times during the waiting period.

Stirring will increase the speed of the reaction between the two materials. As a result, it can reduce the waiting time.

Also, don’t place a lid on the container. The Turpenoid will dry faster when exposed to air. 

Step 4. Inspect the Kitty Litter and Turpenoid

Take a close look at the kitty litter and Turpenoid after an hour. Use the stirring tool to move the mixture around and look for traces of liquid.

You may not give it more time to dry. However, you could also add a bit more kitty litter to the mix.

Make sure to stir the mixture again if you are adding more litter. Let it sit for another 15 minutes, and then take a look at it again.  

Step 5. Dump the Dried Turpenoid in the Trash

It’s safe to throw dried Turpenoid in the trash. So, this method is relatively inexpensive and does not require much work.

Step 6. Let the Empty Containers Dry Before Recycling Them

There’s a good chance that you may not use the original Turpenoid container to dispose of it.

In that case, you can give the empty containers to a recycling center. However, make sure to let the containers dry first.

The residue should affect its ability to be recycled.

Dispose of Turpenoid Using Your Local Landfill Service

You may find a facility or two that manages local landfills. Some of those facilities also accept hazardous waste materials.

In many cases, such facilities are privately owned. Therefore, you may have to pay a fee for the disposal.

All you have to do for this process is to call the local landfill facility to ask if it accepts Turpenoid. If it does, you can arrange a drop-off and get it off your hands.

If you’re choosing a private landfill service, be sure to do a bit of research on its disposal efficacy.

You should only hand over hazardous waste material to facilities that you’re sure will dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.

The solvent and kitty litter can contaminate groundwater in some cases. So, make the facility knows the exact materials you are handing over to it.

Dispose of Turpenoid by Giving It to Someone You Know

Turpenoid does not go bad. You may just have to decant it if you have stored it for a long time. Other than that, the solvent is completely useable.

In that case, you could deliver the Turpenoid to someone who may need it. Be it a friend or family member. You’ll have them save some money, and you will be rid of the solvent.

At the same time, you could also check if there are any non-profit or charity organizations that could use the material.

So, hand it over to such places if no one you know needs it.

Last Few Words

Turpenoid is a useful solvent to have when dealing with oil paints. Also, you will have to mix it with different oils to use it for cleaning oil paintbrushes.

So, if you have Turpenoid mixed with oil, you will have to be extremely cautious when disposing of it.

This is because the oils will be combustible. In that case, make sure to dry the substance completely before disposal.

If you have to dispose of oily rags, make sure to submerge them in water before delivering them to a waste facility.

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