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Frequently Asked Questions

 

I have liquid paint, do you accept liquid paint?
How do you charge?
My paint is really old, is that okay?
How long does paint stay good?
How much does it cost?
Why isn't paint disposal free?
What if my paint is dry?
Can I put my paint in the trash can?
Can I mix all my paint in one big bucket for you?
How can I tell if my paint is Latex or Oil based?
Where can I recycle other other stuff?
 
 
 
I have liquid paint, do you accept liquid paint?
Yes, as long as it has not been mixed with anything and is standard house paint. We do not accept paint with lead or mercury.
 
How do you charge?

We charge for all paint based on the container size of paint and here are two of the main reasons:

a.) Our trucks can only carry a specific amount of cans (i.e. 1,000 full cans or 1,000 empty cans and then we can't service additional customers.)

b.) Trying to guess with each customer over each can would be a never ending task, so we reduced our overall charge per gallon and went to a flat rate method that takes into account that most cans only contain a partial amount of paint.

 
My paint is really old, is that okay?
Yes, as long as it has not been mixed with anything and is standard house paint. We do not accept paint with lead or mercury.
 
How long does paint stay good?
That really depends on how well you've stored your paint. If you've kept it in a cool dry place out of the sunlight it may last up to 10 years, however; if you kept it under your back deck it may not last 6 months.
 
How much does it cost?
Prices vary by method. Either we come to you and pickup the paint or you take it to one of our partner drop off locations. Pickups & Dropoff
 
Why isn't paint disposal free?
It cost a lot of money to collect, transport, and process your old paint.
 
What if my paint is dry?
Generally you can treat dried paint as you would your household garbage. Be sure to contact your trash company for specific requirements as some companies have you remove the lid to prove that all paint is dry.
 
Can I put my paint in the trash can?
If it contains any liquid, no. If it is dry contact your garbage company for specific requirements.
 
Can I mix all my paint in one big bucket for you?
No, we cannot accept paint once it has been mixed with anything including other paint.
 
How can I tell if my paint is Latex or Oil / Alkyd based?

Paints are generally referred to as being oil based or water based. If you have trouble determining your paint check it's method for cleanup. Soap & Water indicates that it's water based, whereas mineral spirits or paint thinner indicate that it is oil based.

Also look at the warning label on the container. If it states anything like "Flammable, Combustible, Keep away from flames, Vapors may ignite, ..." then this is a solvent based paint.

If you are still having trouble determining which type of paint that you have, look for an ingredient list. Typically it will say water or some type of oil. (i.e. Linseed Oil) Alkyd is oil based.

Behr does have a product that looks like it is oil based, it says, "Oil Penetrating Formula" and then right below it says, "Easy Water Cleanup" this wood stain is a water soluble formula.

 

  • Water Soluble Clues

Soap and Water Cleanup

Ingredient list includes "Water"

Warning Label does NOT mention anything about Fire.

Factory Packaged in a Metal or Plastic Container

 

  • Oil / Solvent / Alkyd Based Clues

Cleanup with Mineral Spirits / Paint Thinner

Ingredient list may include "Linseed Oil"

Warning Label - Flammable, Combustible

Factory Packaged in a Metal Container

 


 

If you are still uncertain please feel free to contact us: contact page or call 404-333-8763

 
Where can I recycle other other stuff?
Earth911.com, 1800Recycling.com, or doing a basic Google search should find you the right spot.
 
 
 
 
 

 


Additional information or media kit
If you're seeking additional information or a media kit please contact us and we'll see what we can put together for you. We have been featured in a few small local publications and look forward to being involved in more. We are a fairly young company having only started on March 1st, 2010 we're well on our way to helping offer Atlanta a suitable HHW collection facility for paint and hopefully soon other items.

 


 
Earth911An Awesome Recycling Resource Earth911 really knows where to recycle almost anything. They are really a driving force behind items being disposed of properly.
EPA Wastewise

Allows us to track recycled materials that are diverted from the landfill.