Oregon program recycles, reuses old paint

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's first-in-the-nation environmental plan for recycling paint is one year old, and its proponents are claiming success.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that PaintCare, a paint recycling program that launched its pilot program in Oregon, collected more than 284,000 gallons of paint in its first eight months.

More than half of the latex paint was recycled and returned to store shelves. The majority of oil-based paint was processed and used in fuel blending.

The paint "take back" program was passed by the Legislature in 2009 after similar measures failed in Vermont and Connecticut.

The program is funded by a deposit with no return value that changes based on the amount of paint purchased. The program has 90 collection sites statewide.

PaintCare hopes to pass similar legislation next in Washington state.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com