Grand Junction firms join in paint recycling program

Three Grand Junction businesses have joined in a new statewide paint recycling program.

Diamond Vogel at 2991 North Ave., Kwal Paint at 2801 North Ave. and Sherwin-Williams at 845 North Ave. all serve as drop-off points where businesses and individuals can recycle unwanted paint.

Additional drop-off sites in Delta, Montrose and other cities across the Western Slope add to the more than 100 sites in Colorado.

“We are thrilled to see the excitement and energy from Colorado retailers to become paint drop-off sites,” said Paul Fresina, director of communications for the PaintCare program.

Drop-off sites accept all brands of paint regardless of where they were purchased as well as primers, sealers, shellacs, stains and varnishes. PaintCare will transport the collected items to processing facilities, where they will be used in recycled paints as well as fuel and other products.

While the recycling program is free to participants, a fee has been added to the price of paint sold in Colorado to fund the effort: 35 cents for pint and quart containers, 75 cents for gallon cans and $1.60 for 5-gallon buckets.

“Colorado is already an environmentally conscious state, so the PaintCare paint recycling program will make it easy and convenient for people to recycle their unused paint, and it will be a perfect addition to the other types of recycling people are already doing,” said Cathy Lurie, Colorado program manager of PaintCare.

For additional information about the PaintCare program, visit the Web site at www.paintcare.org.

In addition to the PaintCare program, the hazardous waste collection facility at the Mesa County Landfill also accepts paints and stains and sells recycled exterior and interior latex paints. The facility is located at 3071 U.S. Highway 50 in Grand Junction. For more information, log on to www.mesacounty.us/swm.