Patti Toews knows a thing or two about paint. For the past 10 years, she has served as program director for San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority, which is at the forefront of an innovative latex paint take-back program that exists only in her county. No other state mandates that latex, or water-based, paint be disposed of in any specific manner. Since , residents of San Luis Obispo County can take their leftover latex paint back to any retailer that sells it for free disposal. Toews says that according to their research, latex paint has a remarkable, almost uncanny, way of returning to the very retail store from which it came. San Luis Obispo County has other take-back programs for everything from rechargeable batteries to books, but Toews says that no other material is returned in quite the same way as latex paint.
Latex Paint - Household Hazardous Waste Program - NH Department of Environmental Services
What do you do with leftover paint? It's a question that plagues many of us, if the stacks of leftover paint cans filling basements are any indication. Three states have passed legislation to enact paint take-back programs, each in cooperation with the paint industry after consultation with the Product Stewardship Institute. Oregon passed the first paint take-back legislation of its kind in , and enacted a pilot program in July
Latex paint is the most popular paint on the market, accounting for approximately 85 percent of paint sales in United States. It is preferred by most do-it-yourselfers because of the ease of cleaning up with soap and water. Latex paint is less detrimental to our environment than oil based paints because it contains less hazardous ingredients. However, latex paints do contain acrylics, vinyls and epoxies and can pose environmental problems if poured down the drain, into a storm drain, or if the liquid is disposed of in the regular trash. If you cannot identify paint as latex, or if it is old or improperly labeled, not in its original container or potentially contaminated, NHDES recommends it not be dried out and disposed of with the trash.
Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about. The IEPA states "At every collection, in every part of the state, paint is the most common material delivered by Illinois citizens. Today's latex water-based paint has a very low level of toxicity.