So maybe you’ve already organized the garage and basement and found lots and lots of paint cans with old colors from several paint jobs ago.
Or they’re rusty and musty.
Or the labels are missing.
Whatever the reason, they need to go.
— You’re confined to your house because of a “stay-at-home” order. — Earth Day event gatherings are cancelled. — Your HOA, town or community spring recycling event is postponed till fall. — And it’s still illegal to put paint cans in the trash.
Old Paint Can Pick-up Service
Call Yuck Old Paint 888 509-9825 today!
Yuck Old Paint is a professional recycling service that goes to your home or business to pick up those snarky leftover old paint cans and then processes them for reuse, keeping them out of local landfills.
Paint deemed good and reusable is sent to humanitarian construction projects overseas.
Paint deemed not good nor reusable is treated locally with organic compounds and handled in accordance with local and state laws,
Yuck Old Paint is a Virginia Governor Northam and Maryland Governor Hogan qualified “Essential Business”, and is open for business! We go to you. Just leave your paint cans outside on your doorstep.
One of our favorite finds is a place to donate your shoes where you already buy them: DSW!
When you drop off your gently used shoes at DSW, you earn 5 reward points on your DSW account. You can donate as many pairs of shoes as you like, but you only get 5 reward points per visit. To rack up more reward points, just make multiple trips to DSW and donate one pair of shoes at a time.
DSW sends the donated used shoes to Soles4Souls, a non-profit based in Nashville, where they are refurbished and distributed to persons in need in the US and overseas.
THANK YOU DSW and Soles4Souls for keeping old shoes out of the landfills!
========================================= Yuck Old Paint™, LLC is the only company on the East Coast that safely removes and environmentally processes leftover, unwanted, and unused cans of paint for reuse and recycle; keeping paint out of landfills. Our clients are local municipalities, federal agencies, commercial buildings and homeowners. Yuck Old Paint is woman-owned, EPA Certified, DOT Certified, SWANA Safety Certified, and Virginia Values Veterans Certified.
Old Paint collected from a residence. Fun painting parties in the 1960s? Photo credit: Lawrence Cheng
Greenlaurel:Yuck Old Paint™ An Eco-Friendly Paint Pick-Up Service For That ‘Collection’ In Your Garage
Raea Jean Leinster, a decorative painter in the D.C. area, ran into a problem over time that most homeowners face: How do you properly dispose of unused latex paint?
Her answer was Yuck Old Paint™, a company she founded that serves as the East Coast’s only eco-friendly paint pick-up and disposal service. Designed to keep paint out of landfills, paint collected by the company will be most likely be adopted by a deserving theater group or humanitarian construction project.
Proper Latex Paint Disposal is Uber-Confusing
Safely disposing of unwanted paint depends on three factors:
What type of paint — oil or latex?
What paint types will your local drop-off center accept?
Is the leftover latex paint still liquid, or is it dried out?
Washable, water-based latex paint accounts for 85 percent of U.S. paint sales. Though latex paint is less toxic than stinky oil-based versions, it does contain acrylics, vinyls and epoxies that pose environmental risks to water if poured down drains, or if the paint seeps out of a landfill.
How to properly dispose of unused latex paint
Most states don’t consider latex paint a household hazardous material if it’s, has been turned into a “solid-state.” As a solid, the risk of that extra liquid paint contaminating waterways is greatly reduced. (California is the exception, in that it considers all latex paint a hazardous material and requires it to be landfilled in special “dumps.”)
Liquid latex paint can be transformed into a solid by mixing it with cat litter or a store-bought paint hardener or simply by leaving it out in the open to harden.
Oil-based paints are considered a household hazardous material and should never be tossed in the trash. Always bring oil-based paints to your citizen drop-off center for hazmat material disposal.
Baltimore’s Paint Disposal Options
Baltimore County residents can drop off up to 20 gallons of paint year-round at the Central Acceptance Center in Cockeysville. Fortunately, that collected latex paint is donated to The Loading Dock, where it’s then sold for a nominal handling fee.
However, latex paint isn’t considered a household hazardous material and therefore isn’t accepted at drop-off centers. City residents are permitted to toss latex paint in the trash onlyin a solid-brick-of-paint state.
So let’s posit that there may be a few Baltimore Fishbowl readers who, over the years, have collected 15 to 25 gallons and quarts of paint in their homes. It’s a safe bet that taking the time to transform all that paint into a solid-state will never happen. The leftover paint is going to sit on a shelf until the home is vacated.
Commercial contractors and businesses have it tough, too. Firms attempting to toss paint are pretty much out of luck — drop-off centers in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City are for residential use only.
A Business Problem Becomes a New Business Solution
Recycling Latex Paint
Given all of this, Leinster saw a market opening.
“For years I was frustrated that I had no paint disposal option to offer my clients,” she said. “Most of my clients’ unused paint was perfectly good paint that someone could use, but how do you get half a gallon of the ‘perfect neutral’ into the hands of someone who needs it?”
With the intention of helping her clients, Leinster started Yuck Old Paint three years ago. She assumed her little business might pick up paint from 10 homes a month, but to her surprise, the eco-friendly service was a hit, especially for commercial users. Business has been strong enough that Leinster now runs Yuck full-time.
“Our average household paint pickup is 25.2 gallons,” she said. “Drying out that much messy paint outside on tarp and avoiding spills, and then schlepping paint to a drop-off center in a car, all that just isn’t convenient.”
Serving the Mid-Atlantic, Yuck Old Paint’s clients are homeowners associations, estate sales, homeowners, and commercial builders. They each pay a pickup charge (residential pickups are $50), plus a $5 per container fee, with “container” defined as a quart, gallon, or five-gallon bucket.
Job Title: Druid and Planet Protector Gladiator
Though Leinster put on her business hat when she launched Yuck Old Paint, she also believes that good business is doing the right thing for the planet. Yuck Old Paint’s mission, beyond just picking up paint, is also to keep it out of the landfill.
Three-quarters of paint collected by her company is thus reused and diverted from landfills or incinerators, giving Leinster an unofficial extra job title of “paint broker.” Her clients vary.
“We’ve set up a system for distributing collected paint to theater groups, as far as New York City, charity construction projects, and also to licensed contractors,” she said.
Paint that is not optimal for re-use gets cured into a solid waste material by Yuck Old Paint using a proprietary method and is then disposed of in Virginia according to state regulations.
Her staff takes their jobs seriously. Morgan Jones, whose job title is “Druid and Planet Protector Gladiator,” he cures “sour” paint for disposal.
Yuck Old Paint will also collect hazardous chemicals when they do a paid pickup.
“We understand that when people are panicked to move, or we’re helping de-clutter an estate sale, there’s a chance that hazardous items may find their way to the trash,” she said.
Updated 1/24/18: A reader emailed in a note of thanks because Yuck Old Paint picked up her 80+ cans of paint (see photo below).
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