Recycled, remade paints save customers cash

MetroPaint collects 400,000 gallons of paint from waste sites every year

MetroPaint on Swan Island offers recycled paints for a fraction of the cost. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s prime painting season, which means you may be spending a lot of cash on supplies. But one local business is recycling your old paint, making the cost of improving your home much more affordable.

Around 400,000 gallons of paint are collected at hazardous waste sites every year and brought to MetroPaint on Swan Island, where they mix the old and make it new.

MetroPaint on Swan Island offers recycled paints for a fraction of the cost. (KOIN)
MetroPaint on Swan Island offers recycled paints for a fraction of the cost. (KOIN)

The paint gets a make over, starting with an inspection to make sure there aren’t any lumps or unwanted particles. It’s then dumped into a vat that mixes it with other paints of its general color.

From there it gets filtered again, color agents are added and it’s checked to meet color consistency standards.

“In the lab, samples are tested, vats reformulated to meet national certification standards,” Andrew Staab with MetroPaint explained to KOIN 6 News.

Master mixers make magic from the leftover latex.

“You may think all they make is white, beige, but they have more than 40 colors at a time,” Staab continued, noting that whites are the most popular.

The paint is poured into 5-gallon pails, one-gallon cans and quarts. They’re sold for $9-12 a gallon and less for large quantities, about 1/3 the cost of new premium paint.

Customer Keki Marshall says she’s been buying from Metro Paint for 10 years.

“Some people wonder, why buy used paint?” she asked. “The price is great, it works as good as any other paint and I use up some of the chemicals created on the planet.”

Many Miller Paint and Fred Meyer stores are also now carrying recycling paints.

To find a hazardous waste drop site near you, click here.

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