GENESEE COUNTY — A free drop-off location for recycling latex paint has opened in a partnership between Habitat for Humanity, Keep Genesee County Beautiful and the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission (GCMPC), according to a press release.
The drop-off site is at the HFH ReStore, 101 Burton St., Flint, where all residents can bring leftover, unused and unwanted paint to be recycled into a new paint product that is Michigan made and sold locally at Restore.
“This program has three awesome positives: 1). We are sending less waste to landfills 2) We are directly supporting our local economy, 3) we are benefiting a local nonprofit (habitat for humanity) that greatly serves our community,” said Shane Kelley, planner for GCMPC.
Asked if they would utilize a free drop off for old latex paint, more than 90% of residents indicated they would.
“With every household in America having on average of 1-3 gallons of leftover latex paint, we knew this was a service needed for Genesee County residents.” says Derek Bradshaw, Director- Coordinator of the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Paint collected at the ReStore is transported to a processing facility in Battle Creek, operated by ePaint LLC, where the paint is then made into a new paint product called “Everybody’s Paint” or “ePaint” for short. This new paint product is then returned to the ReStore in the City of Flint where residents can purchase new paint for under $15 per gallon.
Restore hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5p.m. The Habitat ReStore is a center for donating and purchasing used and new building materials and home improvement items. It is open to the general public. ReStore prices are at least 50% below retail price. Profits support the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing affordable home-ownership opportunities to lower income people. — R.S.