Cape Cod can recycle latex paints at Tony Kent
DENNIS – If you have leftover latex paint from home improvement projects taking up space in your garage or basement, the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension has a solution.
On August 6 from 9 a.m. to noon, residents of any city in Cape Town can bring unwanted latex paint to the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis to be recycled through the paint collection and recycling initiative Cooperative Extension Cape Cod Latex.
“Recovery, diversion, recycling and reuse is really what it’s all about,” said Kari Parcell, regional waste reduction coordinator for Cooperative Extension.
Latex paint, sometimes called acrylic latex, is a versatile water-based paint often used indoors and outdoors for large home improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or deck.
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Most gallons of paint purchased at hardware stores – especially paint intended for interior work – are latex paint due to its versatility, durability and lower toxicity compared to latex-based paint. ‘oil.
In partnership with Recolor Paints, residents can bring their unwanted or leftover latex paint to Tony Kent where it will be transported to their factory in Hanover and recycled into new paint.
Although latex paint, once properly cured, is safe to dispose of, Parcell said this recycling program is just one step to help avoid landfills as much as possible.
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“Environmentally, latex paint isn’t necessarily bad for landfills, but if we can salvage and reuse it, I say why not? she says.
There is also an economic benefit. Parcell said on average, a gallon of recycled latex paint costs about $25 at any hardware store compared to $70 for a can of new paint.
“Latex paint is highly recyclable,” she said.
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If you are going to
What: Cape Cod Latex Paint Collection and Recycling Initiative
Where: Tony Kent Arena, 8 South Gage’s Way, Dennis
When: Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon.