Get rid of your old paint cans for free (and keep the planet a little cleaner)

Photo courtesy PaintCare

Photo courtesy PaintCare

by Rachel Maisler

Petworth is home to many renovated houses, and likely, many half-used cans of paint collecting dust in basements or sheds. Regulations prevent homeowners and contractors from disposing of the paint via regular trash collection. But, thanks to DC’s Paint Stewardship Law, getting rid of that old paint just got much easier.     

A non-profit organization called PaintCare has teamed up with the District to collect old paint and turn it into recycled paint, fuel and other products, or ensure it’s properly disposed. According to the organization, approximately 650 million gallons of paint are sold in the US.

In DC, residents can drop off their old paint at RFK Stadium (Lot #3) on November 19, from 9 am until 1 pm. Proof of residency is required. 

The organization will be collecting house paint and primers (latex or oil-based), stains, deck and concrete sealers, and clear finishes (like varnishes or shellac).

Photo courtesy PaintCare

Photo courtesy PaintCare

For businesses, according to the PaintCare website, if you generate less than 220 pounds (about 20-30 gallons) of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex or oil-based paint. Businesses that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month may bring any amount of latex paint, but oil-based paint will not be accepted. (Note: Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers cannot be accepted at drop-off sites). 

Not ready to part with your color palate? No worries. PaintCare is setting up drop-off sites throughout the city. Check their website or call (855) 724-6809 to find a site. 

Learn more about paint drop-off and DC’s stewardship program.

 
View a PDF on the program.

View a PDF on the program.

 

Rachel Maisler

Rachel joined Petworth News first as the editor for the Community Calendar, and then against her better judgement, agreed to become a contributing writer to the blog in August 2016.



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