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Did you know that for every gallon of recycled paint you use instead of new paint, you save an estimated 100 kilowatt hours of energy and avoid the release of 115 pounds of carbon dioxide into the environment? That’s pretty significant considering that the EPA estimates 10% of all paint that is purchased is leftover. That adds up to 65 million gallons each year.
Second Use is pleased to offer a green alternative for your next painting project: 100% recycled latex paints. MetroPaint is available in 11 colors, which can be mixed at a 50/50 ratio to create even more options. It is consistent in color and exceeds standards of the Master Painters Institute. It can be used on both interior and exterior applications. And, recycled paint is eligible for points toward Built Green and LEED certification.
To see what we have in stock, check out our online inventory.
To learn more about the MetroPaint product, check out their website.
Unfortunately, there are no recycling options for used paint in Seattle. At this time, Second Use does not accept used paint in any quantity or condition, although we strive to host an annual paint drive to help homeowners sustainably dispose of their good, used paint. If you are interested in hearing about upcoming paint drives, please sign up for our newsletter.
The best option is always to pass it on to someone in need. Check schools, community groups, Craigslist harden it with kitty litter or paint hardener prior to disposal. If your paint is past the point of reuse, dry it out in the sun or with kitty litter and put it in your trash for pickup. Oil-based paint can be disposed of at the Hazardous Waste Facility.