Sunday, February 5, 2023

York County goes green with new paint recycling partnership

Paint and other household chemicals can be properly disposed of on Saturday at the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority's Household Chemical Collection & Computer Recycling Event. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
Paint and other household chemicals can be properly disposed of on household chemical collection days, which happen five times per year. (WYDaily/File photo)

York County is upping its game when it comes to recycling and protecting the environment.

The county has partnered with Newport News-based paint recycling company Coastal VA Environmental Coatings to help reduce the waste of latex paints.

The county will now accept latex paint in certain colors from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waste Management Recycling Center, 145 Goodwin Neck Road in Yorktown.

Waste Services Manager Laurie Halperin said the initiative goes back a few years, but started to come to fruition when waste management first met with the CVEC team at a regional clean business breakfast last year.

CVEC was started in 2017, according to its website. Halperin said the company gave York County a tour of their facility and offered to partner to recycle waste paint.

“Any time there’s an opportunity for us to recycle something that can be recycled, we definitely want to look into that possibility,” said Samantha McNeil, outreach coordinator with the Department of Public Works.

McNeil said waste management will accept only white, off-white, red, blue, yellow and gray paint colors, because they will be mixed with like-colors to create new paint.

The paint also cannot be chunky, have a hardened consistency or have a bad odor. The facility will not accept oil-based paint, paint in a rusty can or a can without a label.

A person cannot drop off more than five gallons of old paint per day.

The partnership with CVEC is not a contracted service and does not require the county to pay for it, Halperin said. CVEC will regularly pick up the paint from the facility.

“No, we’re not paying anything, nor are we making any money,” Halperin said. “It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”

Instead, Waste Management Recycling Center staff simply need to take the time to inspect the paint and ensure it is fit for recycling.

If the paint is not suitable for the recycling program, residents must give the paint back on a household chemical collection day, which happens five times per year.

The dates and location for the county’s household chemical collection days are listed on the Virginia Peninsula Public Service Authority website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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