Cadmium pigments - time to ban them?

Cadmium is toxic in some formulations and artists dispose of it into the water supply. The powers that be are considering banning it for this and other applications. Should we support the ban or learn  better methods of disposal?

Read about it here

One company's response is here (note dates)

You can have your say here

So what should BAS members do? How do you dispose of unused paint and brush washings?


Heavy metals in waste pipes travel to treatment plants. Scientists can surely develop the means to isolate and remove them for recycling. Septic tanks usually miss treatment plants and the contents sucked into tankers and pump-sprayed on fields as fertilizer. Stop and empty into treatment plants. Paint manufacturers must responsibly manage waste. Users carry on as usual. QED

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