Washington paint recycling program collects more than 580k gallons in 9 months

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Cans of Sherwin-Williams brand paint are seen in a hardware store in New York on Monday, March 21, 2016.

SEATTLE, Wash. — A new Washington paint recycling program collected more than 580,000 gallons of paint in its first nine months of service.

The program, led by the nonprofit organization PaintCare, aims to provide a place for Washingtonians to recycle leftover paint, stain, varnish and other paint products for free. So far, the program collected enough unwanted product to coat the entirety of the McCarthey Athletic Center in 1,571 fresh layers of paint.

“It is estimated that about 10% of all household paint gets thrown away and can end up in landfills. Washingtonians chose to convert this waste product into a beneficial resource,” said Brett Rodgers, Director of Communications at PaintCare. “From day one, households and businesses across the state were engaged in recycling efforts. We owe a tremendous thank you to all of our partners that helped get this program off the ground. The outpouring of community support has been immense.”

Washingtonians have already donated a total of 581,363 gallons of paint within 9 months, and now a year into the program, PaintCare estimates they received about 842,000 gallons. By recycling this paint, PaintCare benefits the environment by diverting paint from Washington’s waste stream and reusing and recycling it in communities across the state.

“These programs allow us to put paint back on the shelf, protect the environment, and save local governments millions of dollars each year,” said Rodgers. “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far and look forward to continue working with our partners to safely and responsibly recycle even more paint in Washington state.”

If you have unwanted paint you want to drop off, you can use the PaintCare site locator here.

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