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Earth Tones: Recycling Latex Paint

The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recover Authority (SOCRRA) has teamed with Battle Creek-based ePaint Recycling to help divert latex paint from the waste stream

By Mark Kurlyandchik

If you thought those leftover cans of paint lining the walls of the basement or garage don’t amount to a bucket of spit, think again. The Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recover Authority (SOCRRA) has teamed with Battle Creek-based ePaint Recycling to help divert latex paint from the waste stream.

Residents of SOCRRA’s 12 member communities and Bloomfield Hills can schedule a drop-off at the organization’s recycling center in Troy.

“They take our paint and they mix it together,” says SOCRRA Education Director Karen Bever. “You get a color, which they sell to Habitat for Humanity.”

The result is a product aptly named Everybody’s Paint.

“I like the title, too,” Bever says. “Because it is everybody’s paint.”

Note: Only wet latex paint can be recycled. Dried paint should be removed from the can, which can be recycled, and placed in the trash.

To arrange for a drop-off: 248-288-5153; socrra.org.