If Earth Day on Sunday has you thinking about recycling, here's how it can really pay off: Broward and Palm Beach County residents can get free exterior house paint. Here's how:
Broward residents and non-profit organizations can get free high-quality exterior paint through the county’s “Paint it Broward” recycling program.
The Household Hazardous Waste Collection program offers residents up to 20 gallons of the re-blended latex paint, which comes in beige, gray, turquoise or terra cotta colors. The paint comes in five-gallon buckets which can cost as much as $100 each at the local home improvement store.
Collected through the recycling program, Broward offers the free paint to 22 municipalities whose public works departments in turn distribute paint to residents. Cities offering the paint include Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Coral Springs, Oakland Park, Plantation, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Pompano and Deerfield Beach, among others.
See the list of participating cities with phone numbers to get the paint.
Broward County recycles and distributes an average of 55,000 gallons of latex paint per year to residents, according to the county’s website.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Residents can get free recycled house and trim paint through the Solid Waste Authority Recycled Paint Donation Program. Colors include beige, off-white, brown, blue and yellow, among other colors.
To qualify, homeowners must have a 2,500-square-foot home or less and fill out an application. The SWA office calculates the amount of paint needed based on home’s size, said Linda Moreno, community service specialist of Palm Beach County’s Solid Waste Authority. The free paint is a one-time donation from the county, she said.
The SWA also offers volunteer painters to residents in need the Paint Your Heart Out program.
“This income-based program is for qualifying elderly, disabled, veterans and low-income families with children with single-family homes,” Moreno said. “Our Adopt-a-Spot program allows volunteers to clean up litter in their communities, too. We supply the necessary tools.”
For info on the paint program or to get an application, call 561-697-2700 or vist SWA.org.
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