Simple Green: Paint Yourself Green by Recycling Paint

Simple Green: Paint Yourself Green by Recycling Paint

Gregory Han
Jul 25, 2008

You've finished painting your walls and successfully brought new life to your interior. Job well done.

But what about the excess paint, thinners or strippers you've got left?

We always recommend keeping a bit of excess paint for touch-up work or future color matching. But sometimes you have more than you really need...

Leftover paint can be reused or recycled, and the excellent green resource site Earth 911 can help you find paint recycling locations just by plugging in your zip code. We found out that the Saint Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Thrift Store and Los Angeles-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center are the nearest drop off centers that are willing to take in commercial paint. Good to know in advance, as we're pondering painting our stairways soon.

Other options recommend: If you have leftover, unwanted paint in good condition, consider contacting a local charity, high school drama department, or church to see if they will accept paint for reuse. Examples of nonprofit organizations that may be interested in leftover paint include local Habitat for Humanity chapters and Keep America Beautiful affiliates. Some communities even offer Swap Shops (product exchanges) as part of a local household hazardous waste program, facility or local charity.

(Re-Edited from 2007-07-12 - CB)

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