Starting on Saturday, April 18th, the Drop-Off Station (DOS) located at 2950 E. Ellsworth Road, will accept latex paint for recycling. The DOS constantly strives to expand the recycling services it offers to customers- specifically trying to implement those services that customers ask for. Customers often brought latex paint to the DOS for recycling and then were disappointed to find that it was not accepted on-site.
To address this, Recycle Ann Arbor has introduced a collection point in the barn. The collection service and processing will be through Epaint recycling, a local company based in Battle Creek, MI.
The cost to recycle latex paint is $2 per gallon can, and $10 per 5 gallon bucket.
-Types of Paint Accepted: Latex (Water-Based) paint only. Oil based paints such as glosses and varnishes are not accepted.
-Preparing the Paint: The paint should be in it’s original container with a secure lid.
-What Happens to the Paint: The paint is collected from Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station (DOS) and taken to EPaint Recyclers is Battle Creek. There the paint is emptied, mixed, and blended to produce a usable product.
To see this process in action watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGBRgA7chK4.
Customers bringing paint to the Drop-Off Station are still subject to the $3 entry fee. To maximize the value of the visit to the customer they should be aware that they can bring the following at no extra cost:
-Vegetable Oil (up to 5 gallons)
-Packing Peanuts and Bubble Wrap
-Paper, books, and magazines
-Cords and Wires
-Up to 3 large bags of textiles
-Automotive and Rechargeable Batteries
-Motor Oil, Brake Fluid and Transmission Fluid (up to 5 gallons)
-CPUs and Laptops
-Plastic #1- #7 (excluding #3)
-Rigid plastics such and plastic totes and lawn furniture
Recycle Ann Arbor reserves the right to refuse any paint deemed unacceptable or in an unsuitable container. Customers are urged to call ahead with any questions about proper protocol and collection so their on-site visit goes as smoothly as possible.
The Drop-Off Station is regularly open Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am – 6:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am – 6:00pm. 734-971-7400. A full listing can be found at: www.recycleannarbor.org