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A rewarding way to recycle unwanted latex paint.

12-17-2018 10:06 AM CET | Associations & Organizations

Press release from: earthpaintorg

Chicago land has an amazing way to properly recycle unwanted paint. is changing the world one gallon at a time.

Paint might sit in your basement for years until you realize that you don't need it anymore. When you reach that realization, what do you do with it? The old way is to dry it out with kitty litter and throw it away. But that is the same as putting kitty litter in each of your aluminium, glass, and plastic bottles and then throwing them away. That is crazy and the opposite of responsible recycling.
Paint can be recycled and has found a way to make recycling your paint even more rewarding.

Tens of thousands of gallons have passed through EarthPaint in the last four years and every drop has been processed by people with special needs or disabilities. As a non profit organization, EarthPaint has been able to cover the cost of appropriately recycling each component of the paint and containers. Through fundraising, upcycling, and the tax deductible fees that are asked for at the time of collection, EarthPaint has created a solution that our nation has not yet seen.

"We empower people and teach job skills to people with special needs, creating paid employment that our team enjoys and is proud of." Says Chris McCarthy, the founder of

Let's be forthcoming, recycling paint is messy and expensive, which is why there are no mainstream solutions for caring for the material. The EPA does not have the funding to pay for municipal programs and your local waste removal companies can't afford to offer the recycling service because there are many factors to consider when collecting and managing all of the varieties of paint. is willing to take on these responsibilities because it creates paid jobs for people that are often overlooked for employment.

The idea of recycling paint is catching on, but selling our new paint is taking a great deal of effort. People need to be confident in the paint that they buy because they either hate paining themselves or they have paid a lot to have it applied by skilled painters.

"The paint that we hope to sell is better than the paint that you can buy at big box stores. Our sorting process batches paints that you would have to pay more than $50 per gallon for. You are getting a product with a quality that you may never spend the money on, at a lower price than any major brand." Says Chris.

Currently just began selling paint on Amazon for $29.99 with free shipping, but after all fees and shipping are considered, the organization only receives $2 in proceeds per gallon. That doesn't even cover the cost in labor to fill and label the containers.

"What we do is important and we hope that someone out there will help us find the funding that we need to grow our program," Chris pleads.

In the meantime EarthPaint will continue to do the right thing with each container of paint that passes through the facility and will always have a positive outlook. All of the adults that work diligently to sort and recycle paint are treated like family and are encouraged to do their best every day.

Donate and watch inspiring videos on is dedicated to recycling paint and creating jobs for people with disabilities.

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