Paint

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PaintCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the reuse, recycling, and proper disposal of unwanted paint. Through this program, old and unwanted paint is collected at numerous locations across the state and is either properly disposed of or taken to a paint recycling center. 

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What happens to the paint?

Oil-based paint may be used in paint exchanges, reprocessed as paint, or for energy recovery.

All usable latex paint collected in Oregon will be processed by Metro into MetroPaint, a recycled interior / exterior latex paint that is filtered to industry standards and tested for performance and environmental safety. MetroPaint can be purchased at Miller Paint stores or at Metro’s outlet on Swan Island.

Accepted Materials

Acceptable materials include five gallons or less of interior and exterior architectural paints, deck coatings, floor paints, waterproofing sealers and repellents, melamine, metal and rust preventatives, primers, varnishes, lacquers, and wood coatings. See the full list of the accepted paint materials. 

Unusable Paint

If there is less than one inch of paint left in the container, remove the lid and let the paint dry completely. Once dry, discard in the garbage. Empty, clean paint cans and buckets can be recycled in your home mixed recycling.