Bring out your red: Free paint recycling

By Triplicate Staff February 06, 2014 04:53 pm

Recycling paint in Del Norte County just got much simpler.

As of this week, residents can now recycle up to 15 gallons of paints, stains and varnishes for no charge every day at the Del Norte County Transfer Station.

The service comes thanks to a partnership between the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, Hambro Waste Solutions Group and PaintCare.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this expanded paint recycling service to our customers every day,” said Tedd Ward, acting director for the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, in a statement. “In 2012, 30 percent of the costs to provide our annual household hazardous waste collection event were associated with paint. Now the costs for having this convenient expanded local paint recycling program will be paid when people buy new paint.”

The free collection for unused paint is an example of a product stewardship program, where costs for disposal of hazardous waste is paid by the consumer at the time of purchase: 75 cents per gallon of new paint or $1.60 per five-gallon bucket.

For many years, the Solid Waste Authority has coordinated with the California Product Stewardship Council to support these types of programs.

“CPSC worked closely with Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and the American Coatings Association to pass the paint law in 2010 that shifts the cost of paint recycling from being solely on government to also being part of the price of paint,” said Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the CPSC, in a statement. “We are delighted the program has come to Del Norte. It will greatly improve convenience by allowing residents to recycle their leftover latex and oil-based paints, stains, varnish, and shellac almost every day instead of just one day per year.”

The Del Norte County Transfer Station has taken non-aerosol latex paint for no charge since it opened to the public in 2005, but now more coatings are accepted.

All non-aerosol household latex, enamel, or oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, lacquers and water proofing coatings will be accepted for no charge during all open days.

For more information, call the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority at 465-1100 or on the web, www.recycledelnorte.ca.gov, or visit PaintCare.org.