Emmet County Recycling now accepting latex paints

Although latex paint is better for the environment than oil based paint, experts say it is still important to recycle it. Now in Emmet County, you can.emmetcountyrecycling

Emmet County Recycling has begun accepting latex paint, stains and additives at their Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.

Kate Melby, the Communications Coordinator for Emmet County Recycling, says recycling paint is not only beneficial for the environment, but for residents as well.

“Say you live in a house for ten years, most people are going to have like a dozen cans of paint, taking up a surprising amount room” said Melby.

After it’s collected, the paint is sent to a Michigan based company called ePaint Recycling in Battle Creek.

ePaint filters the old paint and remixes it to create new colors with Michigan themed names, like “Petoskey Blue” or “Mackinaw Green.”

ePaint products are sold at Habitat for Humanity Restore’s.

Paint can be dropped off in Emmet county April 1st through November 1st, 8 AM to 4 PM weekdays, and 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturday’s.

Non-latex paints are accepted only at Household Chemical Drop-Off events put on by the organization. The next ones are scheduled for July 25th and September 26th.