All paints, solvents and adhesives contain chemicals that are harmful to wildlife and humans. That is why proper handling and disposal of these products is so important.
Toxic chemicals from liquids, solid products, cleaning residues or rags may enter the ocean via storm drains. It is especially important not to clean brushes in an area where paint residue can flow to a street, gutter or storm drain. Once paint residue enters the storm drain system, it flows directly to the ocean.
General Best Management Practices
Chemical paint stripping residue is a hazardous waste. For disposal information call (888) CLEAN-LA (888-253-2652).
Chips and dust from marine paints or paints containing lead or tributyl tin are hazardous wastes. Dry sweep and call the (888) CLEAN-LA (888-253-2652) for disposal information.
Paint chips and dust from non-hazardous dry stripping and sand blasting may be swept up an disposed of as trash.
When stripping or cleaning building exteriors with high-pressure water, block storm drains. Check with the City Public Works Department to find out if you can collect (mop or vacuum) building cleaning water and drain it to the sewer.