What You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Those Old Paint Cans | News

TRI-CITIES, Washington –

PaintCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to the proper disposal of paint. For more than 10 years, she has been recycling paint cans and using the paint to make new paint.

The common household often keeps a can of paint for touch-ups around the house. However, it often dries out.

These cans, dry or not, can be recycled.

Nick DiBartolo is the PaintCare Program Director for Washington State. He talks to me about what it means to recycle.

“That leftover paint doesn’t need to clutter up that space anymore. There’s a very thoughtful and responsible option for them to recycle that paint and put it to best use,” he tells me.

The nonprofit expanded its services to Washington state a year ago and saw a large number of paint cans being recycled.

In the first nine months, 89% of recycled paint is reused to make new paint.

In Benton and Franklin counties, nearly 15,000 gallons of paint were recycled; prevent the chemicals it contains from entering the environment.

For a better overview of this number:

  • 7,505 gallons were picked up at local retail drop-off sites
  • 5,131 gallons were picked up at household hazardous waste events
  • 1711 gallons were picked up through PaintCare’s high volume pickup service

However, Nick tells me that paint cans thrown away with regular trash can become contaminated, preventing them from recycling the paint. This means it can contaminate the environment, which underlines the importance of recycling those empty paint cans.

“We’re keeping those cans of paint from ending up in a landfill. In our first nine months we collected over 580,000 gallons of paint. They were all destined for landfill and that’s a huge amount of product in only nine months,” says Pseudo.

If you have more than 100 gallons of paint, full cans or not, Nick suggests calling PaintCare and scheduling a pick-up time. Local retailers have a limit each customer can deposit.

He says calling the drop off location near you is also an option to make sure they haven’t reached capacity for the day.

You can find a list of products accepted by PaintCare here.

You can find a location near you here.

For more information on PaintCare, click here.

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