(Last week, I kicked off a series of posts in which I’ll document the transformation of an old barn into my future workshop.)
After spending my week tidying up a filthy barn, I understand why Mr. Clean pulled his hair out. As if the mildew and spider-monsters weren’t irksome enough, I stumbled upon a cache of leaky chemicals and rotten construction materials. And while stepping in masonry sealant is a nuisance, disposing of it in an eco-friendly way is actually a cinch.
It goes without saying that you should never dump toxins down the drain. CO2 emissions may have emerged as the environmental movement's marquee issue, but chemical pollution remains a massive treat. Paints, pesticides, fuels and cleaners can contaminate our drinking water, endangering animal and plant life. Luckily, in the words of Captain Planet, “the power is yours!”
To avoid amassing expired chemicals, buy only as much as you need. That may seem glaringly obvious, but most people over-buy DIY supplies. If you intend on using the product over an extended period of time, refer to the label for recommended storage conditions. (Don’t just toss them in the corner of a dingy barn for some unsuspecting sap to step in.) Below are additional tips for disposing of NACs (nasty-ass chemicals) and other hazardous materials:
Images: Johnny Williams
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