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Recycling Paint

High quality at a low price.  For $10.95/gal and $51.95/5 gal for their 100% recycled latex paint, that’s better for the environment and easier on the wallet, it’s a win/win!

Available in 8 popular colors

 

Available at most Miller Paint locations, select dealers, participating Fred Meyer locations, and of course Metro’s Swan Island Store.  For a full list of locations visit the locations page on our website at www.millerpaint.com.

If you would like more information on Metro Paint please do visit our website or in the ‘Sustainable Living’ section on Metro’s website at www.oregonmetro.gov.

 

~mg

 

    Miller Paint Signed An Expanded Contract With MetroPaint

 

Miller Paint Company last week signed an expanded contract with the Metro regional government to buy at least 40,000 gallons of recycled paint per year through 2017.

Portland-based Miller will then sell the paint, which retails under the label MetroPaint, at 50 Miller Paint stores across the Pacific Northwest, according to Metro.

MetroPaint, part of Oregon’s nation-leading paint recycling program, is made at a Swan Island processing center. About 19 percent of the paint entering the recycling process is from Miller.

MetroPaint took in 328,000 gallons of recycled paint in the last fiscal year and sold about 44 percent of that as MetroPaint. Nearly $1 million in paint was sold in the last fiscal year, about a quarter of that through Miller Paint.

Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn told Metro: “It’s, first of all, the right thing to do. From our standpoint as a retailer, it’s been a positive addition to our line, and the colors work. For the customers who are looking for recycled paint, it’s been good.”

 

Miller Paint was the recipient of an Innovation in Sustainability award from Sustainable Business Oregon in 2010.

 

By Nick Christensen. Bylined writers are Metro staff. Stories with a byline do not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro or the Metro Council. Metro news is committed to transparency, fairness and accuracy.

Miller Paint

From left, Metro deputy chief operating officer Scott Robinson and Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick talk to Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn. At right is Jim Quinn, manager of Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program.

 

For years, Metro’s recycled paint has been the top source of recycled paint in the Portland region.

MetroPaint’s new deal with Miller Paint Company, though, prepares it to lead the way in a broader “region” – the Pacific Northwest.

At a signing ceremony Aug. 15, Miller Paint CEO Steve Dearborn and Metro deputy chief operating officer Scott Robinson inked a deal that guarantees Miller will buy at least 40,000 gallons of recycled paint from Metro each year through 2017.

That means that recycled MetroPaint will be available at 50 Miller Paint outlets, from Ashland to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, as well as at MetroPaint’s Swan Island processing center.

Miller has been retailing MetroPaint since 2009, selling the recycled colors at its outlets as well as some Fred Meyer stores. Jim Quinn, manager of Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program, said the additional availability was key in selling the recycled products.

For MetroPaint’s first 10 years, the paint was only sold at Swan Island.

“We eventually realized that having this one point of sale here wasn’t quite cutting it,” Quinn said. “Now that we’re carrying it for a lot of retail outlets throughout Portland and the Northwest, it has made a difference.”

In some regards, the paint that’s being sold by Miller Paint is on its second go-round in the stores – 19 percent of the paint that comes into MetroPaint for recycling is Miller Paint.

“It’s, first of all, the right thing to do,” said Dearborn, Miller Paint’s CEO. “From our standpoint as a retailer, it’s been a positive addition to our line, and the colors work. For the customers who are looking for recycled paint, it’s been good.”

MetroPaint took in 328,000 gallons of recycled paint in the last fiscal year and sold about 44 percent of that as MetroPaint. Nearly $1 million in paint was sold in the last fiscal year, about a quarter of that through Miller Paint.

More could be distributed, Quinn said, but “to some extent our supply is the limiting factor. Even though we’ve boosted our supply with this new PaintCare system, and the paint is flowing more, there is still a limiting factor for certain colors – white in particular.”

More than 100 hazardous waste collection stations in Oregon send paint to MetroPaint for processing. Quinn said about 15 percent of that is waste that can’t be reprocessed. Another large percentage doesn’t match with any of MetroPaint’s color palette and is sent overseas.

“To be recycling this much paint is amazing,” said Shirley Craddick, a Metro councilor who was at Wednesday’s signing ceremony. “We should be so proud that we’re not taking all this to a landfill, and it can be reused.”

The contract calls for Miller Paint to increase its purchases of MetroPaint to 50,000 gallons by 2017. Metro sells the recycled paint to Miller Paint at about half the consumer retail price.

 

Disposal of Paint Is Relatively Easy!

Oftentimes after a painting project a customer has unused paint, leaving them with a critical question. What do they do with it? Should they keep it for touch up or dispose of it? There are benefits to either choice.

Disposal of paint products has become significantly easier in the past few years. Oregon in this time period established a recycling program for unused paint called PaintCare. Customers who wish to dispose of unused paint just have to drive to one of the PaintCare collection sites and drop it off for FREE. Select Miller Paint locations are among these collection sites. If you’re having a hard time finding a drop off point call your local Miller Paint and they can direct you to a collection site, or go to PaintCare.org and type your zip code into the search bar labeled “Locate a Collection Center Near You.” Additionally one can always check the Metro website to find additional drop off points.

Alternatively one can opt to keep unused paint for touch up. Nothing touches up your painted wall better than the same can of paint you used originally! There are several tricks one can use to keep their excess paint viable for the future. One of these is do not let your paint freeze. Storing paint in a heated garage or closet is an excellent way to prevent freezing. Another tip is to move your paint into a smaller container, like a quart can or two, if you have about half a gallon or less in your can. Changing containers is also a good idea if your can is rusty. Finally to preserve your paint you should consider storing your paint upside down if your can seals well. Wrapping the lid in cellophane and taping the cellophane to can is an excellent way to prevent messes in case your can doesn’t seal well. Practice these tips and your paint should be ready for use the next time you open the can.

Josh – East Vancouver