There are many ways to live a more sustainable life; bring your lunch to work, ride your bike instead of drive, and decorate with recycled paint. Almost every room we spend time in is painted, but we rarely consider where this paint comes from, and worse, where it goes when we no longer want it. The EPA estimates that as much as 16% of all purchased paint is thrown away. With paint containing many potentially hazardous compounds, unwanted paint is a serious problem for the waste stream. Luckily, Bellingham has better options for unwanted paint.
We accept excess paint
Here at The RE Store, we are pleased to accept latex, acrylic, or water-based paint and stain for resale. Our staff readies donated paint for sale by shaking it with our paint shaker and labeling it with color, meaning your leftovers don’t have to languish in the landfill. We accept samples, quarts, gallons and 5 gallon jugs, but the container must be at least half full, have the original label, and be free of any rust on the container. We accept paint intended for interior, exterior, staining or priming purposes. We also accept and sell painting supplies such as useable brushes, rollers, trays and more. One gallon of recycled paint can save 13 gallons of water! Read this article to learn 4 reasons you should recycle used paint.
We currently have a hundreds of gallons of name brand, high quality paint for sale. We sell gallons for $10, and 5 gallon buckets for $45 – less than half of retail!
We cannot accept oil-based or any flammable paints and stains, spray paints or other solvents and cleaners for donation. These items are considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a hazardous waste facility. The closest facility to The RE Store is the Whatcom County Disposal of Toxics Facility located at 3505 Airport Drive. For more information, visit their website or call 360-380-4640.
We sell 100% recycled Metro Paint
For those in the market for full gallons of like-new paint, we sell MetroPaint. Made by our friends at the Oregon Metro in Portland, OR, MetroPaint is made from recycled latex paint. MetroPaint goes through a strict color-matching process to ensure the colors are consistent from one gallon to the next. All colors in the palette are low sheen and made from recycled paint.
MetroPaint is perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. It includes mold and fungus inhibitors and has a five-year limited warranty. It rolls, brushes and sprays on smoothly for thick, rich coverage – often achieved in just one coat. It includes mold and fungus inhibitors and has a five-year limited warranty.
MetroPaint is a great choice if you have a big painting project and need color consistency through more than 5 gallons of paint. For smaller projects, our selection of donated gallon and five-gallon paint might do the trick!
We are Bellingham’s only retailer of MetroPaint. We stock 8 colors with 5 others available through special order for $16 gal/$80 5-gal. For more info about MetroPaint, visit their website.