Refuse and Recycling Blog

How to Recycle Paint

Posted on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 08:56 AM

Ever wonder what to do with the old, odd-colored, leftover half-gallons of paint sitting in your garage? Recycle them! As long as they’re latex paints, they can be re-blended (several colors are mixed together, filtered, packaged, and redistributed for use), or re-processed (old paint is mixed with new materials to create more paint). Recycled paint is good for many reasons: it uses less raw materials, less water, and has a much smaller carbon footprint than paint made entirely from new materials. Recycled paint is also usually low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint as the VOCs actually escape during the remixing process. Metropaint has a video that explains the process.

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