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Free Paint In Florida


The basic upkeep on a house can be time consuming and expensive. Programs are slowly developing across the country to help people rejuvenate the exteriors of their homes, costing only a little in sweat equity and Lil' Lesko was able to visit one such place. In Broward County, Florida the Hazardous Waste Services Department recycles old paint into new. They send the old paint to be recycled into new exterior paint that comes in four colors. This helps keep paint out of the landfills. They have saved 462,000 gallons of paint and distributed 5-20 gallons of new paint to over 23,000 residents. The paint is distributed through a municipal cooperative network.

For more information and to learn where you can pick up your paint if you are a Broward County resident, contact Broward County Waste and Recycling Services,

One North University Drive,
Suite 400, Plantation,
FL 33324; 954-960-3023;

But is Broward County, Florida the only place that offers something like this? There are actually several places we discovered in our search. San Francisco has one operating through their local waste collector, Sunset Scavenger. They offer 5 gallon containers for free of a variety of colors. You don't even need to be a resident of San Francisco to take advantage of this offer.

For more information contact

San Francisco Recycling & Disposal,
501 Tunnel Ave.,
San Francisco,
CA 94134; 415-330-1400;

Marion County, Oregon has a similar program. Five gallon containers of free paint are available at

Salem Keizer Recycling & Transfer Station,
3250 Deer Park Dr.,
SE, Salem, OR 97317;

North Marion Recycling & Transfer Station,
17827 Whitney Lane NE,
OR 97071; 503-588-5169;

Brevard County Florida offers it free through their Solid Waste's Hazardous Waste Collection Program, and distributes the paint through Richard's Paint locations:

Because all of these programs are new or in the development stage, it would be easiest to find the right place to find free paint by contacting your nearest Solid Waste or Hazardous Waste Disposal Program. They can direct you to resources near you for more information. You can also check out a website online at Earth 911 will provide you with a listing of recycling centers near you. Some only accept paint for hazardous waste disposal or recycling for resale, but you can see what programs centers near you offer.

Happy Painting
Matthew Lesko