Paint Recycling Day set for Saturday at Solid Waste

Published on Wednesday, 4 June 2014 22:36 - Written by Staff Reports

Residents have an opportunity this weekend to discard their old and partially used buckets of latex and oil-based paint at no cost, the city of Tyler announced.

A Paint Recycling Day, hosted by the city’s Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Solid Waste parking area, in the 300 block of North Bois D’Arc Avenue.  

According to a news release, residents can take old and partially used buckets of latex and oil-based paint there, but must bring a current city of Tyler water utility bill and their driver’s license to prove residency. 

“This is a great chance to get rid of those old cans of paint that have been sitting around the garage,” according to the news release.

Epoxy paint and aerosol cans will not be accepted, and each household is limited to 25 gallons.

The city asks no commercial businesses or professional painters participate. 

During the “drive-thru” event, items will be inspected, unloaded from vehicles and taken into the receiving area by trained technicians. 

Safety tips for transporting hazardous waste include bringing paint in its original containers with a label if possible; ensuring the container is sealed; and if the container leaks, putting it in a larger container and using an oil absorbing product, such as “Oil Dry” or cat litter to soak up spills.

For more information, call Gary Lynch at 903- 531-1348.