Free Recycled Architectural Paint from Recology

When to Use

Recycled paint has a higher solids content than many new paints.  Because the paints have been stored in people's garages for a long time, some of the water has evaporated, making it thicker.  Higher solids content means better coverage.


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Info on this product category: Paints (Architectural)

Criteria for Paints (Architectural)

"Greener" products shall be certified by one of the following:

  • Cradle to Cradle (Gold)
  • Greenwise Gold
  • Master Painters Institute (MPI) Extreme Green (X-Green)

"Green" products shall be certified by one of the following:

  • Cradle to Cradle (Silver)
  • Green Seal (GS-11)
  • Greenwise
  • Master Painters Institute (MPI) Green Performance Standard (GPS-1 or GPS-2)

Last updated

Last updated: 
December 2, 2019

Guide for City Staff

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash paints, chemicals, electronics, lighting, and metal. So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

Citywide Contract

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