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More Waste Paint Recycling Centers Planned For Oregon

OPB | Aug. 5, 2013 11:48 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

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Environmental officials want Oregonians to take their leftover household paint to recycling centers.

They say waste-paint should not be dumped in the garbage or down the drain.

State legislators agree.

The Register Guard reports that they passed a bill to increase the number of waste-paint collection centers statewide.

That builds on a program begun three years ago to let consumers take leftover paint to waste collection facilities or paint stores.

From there, the paint is either collected and recycled or burned as fuel.

Some of it is used to make new paint, while other waste paint might be burned at a biomass power generating facility.  

Consumers pay for the program, through a fee of 75 cents per gallon when they buy paint.

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