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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 PA to deal with leftovers g capac- environmental concern is of waste. With paint there guidelines which con- can follow in their efforts to waste. more paint than you need money--it also creates the of disposing of leftover paint. and the environment a buying the right amount for Your local dealer will provide in determining the right i for each paint project. Use all the paint that you buy--an extra coat will give more protection. Share your leftovers with a neighbor who has a small area that needs paint- ing. Or, consider donating the paint to a local charity, community beautification or service program, or neighborhood group which is assisting the elderly, dis- abled or disadvantaged with the main- tenance of their homes. Make sure the product you donate is in its original container with the label intact. Leftover paint should not be poured down the drain, household sinks, toi- lets or storm sewers. Latex paints can be left to dry by removing lid and allowing the water portion to evaporate. This should be done in an area which is away from children and animals. Allow the remaining paint to dry completely. Solvent-based paints (a.k.a. alkyd or oil-based) require special disposal prac- tices. Solvent-based paints are ignitable and present particular hazards. These products should not be disposed of down storm sewers, household drains (especially ff you have a septic tank), or on the ground. They should be dis- posed of as a household hazardous waste. Hold for a "household hazardous waste collection day." ff your communi- ty does not have a household hazardous waste program, contact your local envi- ronmental control agency for disposal guidance. Paint thinners; turpentine, mineral spirits and solvents should not be poured down a drain or storm sewer. With a few simple steps, you can reuse these types of products. Let used tur- pentine or brush cleaners sit in a closed container until the paint particles set- fie out. Then pour off the clear liquid that can be reused. Add an absorbent substance (i.e., cat litter) to the remain- ing residue and let it dry completely. Contact your household hazardous waste program, for guidance on dispos- al. Check for "waste disposal services" in the Yellow Pages; they also may pro- vide you with additional guidance. R from page 16 " paint that is chipped and more caution should be t fact, the best way to go about it a contractor with experience though this can be If the home has a large paint to be removed, it's one live there during a home renovation is done dust may be released into the air, children and pregnant women should be kept away until the job is Fin- ished and the site thoroughly cleaned. This means washing all surfaces, and employing a HEPA air purifier for a length of time to ensure that no dust remains in the air. The dangers of asbestos have been known for years as well, and there are programs throughout the United States and Canada for its removal. This min- eral fiber was used in a range of build- ing materials, including insulation, shingles and floor tiles. Asbestos fibers can become airborne when the material is disturbed or broken up, creating a health hazard. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they remain in the lungs and can cause mesothelioma, a form of can- cer, and asbestosis, a potentially fatal scarring of the lungs. If asbestos material is in good shape and not degrading, it is recommended to leave it alone. It does not present a danger unless the fibers are being released into the air. However, many older homes contain floor tries with asbestos, particularly in basements, and these do break up after time. A reg- ular check of these surfaces should be done and damaged tries replaced. For renovations that include areas with asbestos materials, consider seal- ing them up, such as putting new floor- ing over old tile. Otherwise, it's smart to have a profes- sional trained in asbestos removal do the job. That way, not only will you be rid of the tainted material but precau. tions will have been taken to ensure that your home is also clear of airborne fibers. Chester- Lake Almanor Westwood - Greenville- Mineral dispatched trucks .=d delivery of Redi-mix concrete. pay for what you use. approved washed aggregates. ' admixtures available mix design for every job t Water Boom Pumps - 24 & 32 meter Pump- 250' of hose Complete Concrete & Masonry Heeds Cultured Stone of California * Basalite building produats Foundation hardware Reinforcing steel Building blocks * Crane service 64' reach H.C. Muddox brick products Roof and floor truss systems Exclusive distributor of Feather River Travertine Stone (530) 258-3535 or (530) 258-2021 FAX: (530) 258-2005 Leading supplier of Concrete Materials in Plumas County for 28 years 160 Richardson Way * Off Farrar Dr. * Chester, CA