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Get rid of your old paint

By Staff | Oct 27, 2011

You don’t want to keep it, but you can’t just throw it away.

How can you get rid of those cans of paint collecting dust in your garage and shed?

Community Work Day Program (CWD) will take recycling to another level on Saturday, Oct. 29, with a Community Paint Exchange and recycling event in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market at Maui Mall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Residents are welcome to bring in usable paint, primer and stains. Free usable paint will also be offered to residents at the exchange.

The event is also an opportunity to unload batteries of all types, including vehicle batteries. No other household hazardous waste products will be accepted.

To promote recycling at Maui homes and businesses, wire baskets will be available for an $8 deposit. These baskets allow for drainage and help keep beverage containers clean and sorted for recycling.

“We are always trying to think of ways to make recycling easier. Every little bit helps,” commented Rhiannon Chandler, executive director of Community Work Day.

With a county grant, CWD operates the County of Maui’s Community Paint Recycling and Household Battery Recycling programs.

Reusable paint is accepted at Community Work Day, 420A Old Puunene Avenue, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Paint is offered for free to the public, schools and nonprofit organizations. Volunteers often use it for graffiti cleanups, beautification projects and the annual “Paint-a-Can” program.

Paint that is not usable will not be accepted at Saturday’s event, nor is it taken at the landfill in liquid form.

Residents with paint that is no longer usable are asked to mix it with cat litter, lawn clippings or saw dust to solidify it. Paint that has been solidified can be accepted at the landfill.

Planning a community event? Borrow wire baskets for free to support recycling. Baskets can be picked up during CWD’s normal business hours.

For more information on these programs, call 877-2524 or e-mail info@cwdhawaii.org.