Sustainable Painters (3R Program)

Posted on 10 Oct 2014 Sustainable Painters (3R Program)

Supply & Apply is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and therefore has a reuse, recycling and recovery program in place. Not only the paint containers, but also for any unused paint.

Supply & Apply estimate carefully all paint requirements for a given project. This not only reduces the cost of material, but also the amount of unused product retained at the completion of the painting.

On average, 5%-10% of all paint ends up as waste, which can pose environmental and health risks if disposed of improperly. Paint contains many components that have great potential for reuse, recycling and recovery. The Supply & Apply 3R program enables these products to be handled and recycled in an environmentally safe manner, reducing their impact on the environment.

There are many ways that paint can be recycled. Water based paint is sorted out and turned back into recycled paint that can be reused. Recycled paint is environmentally preferable to new paint, while still maintaining comparable quality. In many cases, reusable paint is added to a batch where the material is mixed and tested. The paint is adjusted with additives and colorants as necessary. Finally, the paint is fine filtered and packaged for reuse. Solvent based paint is sorted into different streams and sent to be recycled into new paint, often used in other products such as shop primers.

All containers, empty or otherwise, are retrieved from the site by Supply & Apply and returned to our depot for reuse, recycling and recovery program by our parent company Omega Paints.