Recycled paint available for free on Saturday


Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

If your kids want to repaint their rooms but the pricetag of paint leaves you uninspired, save your money and pick up some free paint this Saturday from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.

The county is hosting its 19th annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway this Saturday. It will offer 3,600 gallons of recycled paint for free on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a news release.

Starting at 8 a.m., people in need of paint can drive by the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station, located off Waldo Road at 5125 NE 63rd Ave., to get some.

Five-gallon pails will be available in off-white, gray, beige, green, blue and terra cotta. The limit is 10 gallons per person.

The county collects latex paint throughout the year before having it blended and repackaged by a paint manufacturer, according to the news release. It has doled out more than 66,000 gallons of recycled paint to residents since it started this event in 1994.

The paint, which can be used for interior or exterior projects, has been a popular freebie for nonprofit organizations and community groups, as well as homeowners and business owners, said Kurt Seaburg, Alachua County hazardous waste coordinator.

This event allows the county to help residents or organizations that may be strapped for cash but could use the paint, he said.

The recycled paint is usually gone by late morning, he said, so people wanting to take home a pail or two should get there early Saturday.

Anyone who can't make it to Saturday's free-paint free-for-all can pick up non-recycled paint at no charge during the hazardous waste center's regular business hours, which run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, according to the news release. The county also offers free products like fertilizers or household cleaners.

It gave out more than 200,000 pounds of such products last year, which saved the county money since it didn't have to dispose of them, Seaburg said.

"Every day's Christmas here for some folks, so it's kind of cool," he said.

Contact Morgan Watkins at 338-3104 or morgan.watkins@gvillesun.com.

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