I’m an admirer of the “one in, one out” policy of clutter control. This is the idea that for every new thing you bring into your house you must get rid of one old thing– preferably through donation, sale, or recycling, not trash.
This can work wonderfully for things like clothing or books, but what about house paint? According to an article on MinnPost by Mark Neuzil, it may soon be as easy for Minnesotans like me to recycle old paint as it is to recycle a car battery.
Under a new proposal by state legislators, paint retailers would collect old paint for recycling by county hazardous waste services. Consumers would pay a nominal fee of $.50 for the service.
Imagine: when you want to repaint a room, you could bring the leftover paint from the current color along with you to be recycled when you go to buy the new paint. One in, one out.
I always seem to overlook the current paint collection options for my area, but if it was as simple as bringing unwanted cans to the hardware store I could finally clear some room on my packed storeroom paint shelf. Retail paint recycling would certainly cut down on illegal disposal of unwanted paint, too. On this Earth Day 2008, that’s an idea worth celebrating.
What do you do with your old paint? Does this recycling program sound like something you would want for your city or state?