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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Nicky Upson, Education and Outreach Specialist, (360) 754-3355 ext. 4663

HazoHouse facelift shows benefits of recycled paint

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is repainting HazoHouse with 100 percent recycled paint to prove that high-quality, environmentally friendly paint is produced from the leftovers people drop off at the hazardous waste collection site.

The “Metropaint” comes from Portland Metro, the recycling plant where HazoHouse sends latex paint to be recycled. Metro sorts and filters the paint, and then blends it into 15 different shades ranging from cream to barn red to dark brown.

Residents and businesses can visit HazoHouse during normal business hours to see the versatility of MetroPaint. HazoHouse is open Friday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center, 2418 Hogum Bay Road N.E. in Lacey.

County officials say recycled paint is better for the environment than virgin paint because the paint uses less water and raw materials, and fewer paint cans end up in the trash. Metro reports that it receives more than 500,000 containers of used paint each year, which keeps 200 tons of steel cans and 500 tons of paint out of landfills.

According to Metro, using a gallon of MetroPaint instead of a gallon of new paint saves roughly 100 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to run a refrigerator for two months, and eliminates 115 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, about the same as using 6 gallons less of gasoline.

MetroPaint also costs less than virgin paint brands: Prices vary from $15 to $16.25 per gallon or $56 to $63 per 5-gallon pail (contractor pricing is lower).

“This project demonstrates how a waste product can go full-circle and become useful again,” said county Solid Waste Manager, Scott Schimelfenig. “It’s nice to be able to show people that their efforts to recycle really do make a difference.”

MetroPaint for the HazoHouse project was donated by BJs’ Paint ‘N Place of Tumwater, 6528 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater.

For more information on HazoHouse, contact the Thurston County Department of Water and Waste Management at (360) 357-2491 or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/wwm.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3