Gilbert’s new paint recycling program has some residents seeing brown.
Since beginning its hazardous waste disposal program in July, the town has accepted about 1,050 gallons of unwanted latex paint from more than 200 people. The paint is blended together to make various shades of brown available free to residents.
“We’re saving the cost of disposing it, and residents get free paint,” town spokesman Greg Svelund said.
The town pays a private contractor to dispose of paint, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides and other household chemicals.
Gilbert officials say they’ve saved at least $1,000 in disposal fees by recycling the paint. And they have given away about 125 gallons so far.
The town also has various household chemicals available, though not on a consistent basis. “But the paint is more consistently available,” Svelund said. Residents are allowed up to 25 gallons of paint at a time.
Where: Gilbert Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 2224 E. Queen Creek Road.
What: Residents may get up to 25 gallons of paint in various shades of brown. First come, first served.
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.