Residents in Palm Beach County and select cities in Broward can get free, high-quality exterior latex paint from Solid Waste Authority recycling programs.
This could save you hundreds, since a 5-gallon bucket of paint down at the home improvement center costs nearly $100.
In Palm Beach County, the SWA gives residents a one-time donation of exterior house and trim paint, in a choice of 12 colors, including beige, yellow, brown and blue.
Single-family homeowners with up to 2,500-square-foot homes can fill out an application so staff can calculate how much paint is needed to get the job done, says Linda Moreno of the SWA.
Call 561-697-2700 to request an application or visit SWA.org.
In Broward, the SWA says residents in select cities can get up to 20 gallons of free reblended paint in beige, gray, turquoise and terra cotta and, in some instances, off-white.
Get the paint from public works departments in Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Sea Ranch Lakes, West Park, Weston, Wilton Manors and unincorporated Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Plantation, Sunrise and 14 other cities do not participate in the county recycling program after the Resource Recovery Board dissolved in October.
At the time, "each municipality had an option to continue participation on a fee-for-services basis, or to initiate its own program," says Elliot Auerhahn, director of the county's Solid Waste & Recycling Services.
If your city doesn't participate, call the public works department to ask about its paint recycling program.
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