DEP to Collect Leftover Latex Paint for Habitat for Humanity


The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is collecting leftover latex paint to donate to the Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County ReStore. The cans will be collected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the DEP headquarters in Kanawha City.

Leftover latex paint that is still useable is being collected, but oil-based paints cannot be accepted. Paint cans should be one-quarter to one-half full. By filtering, straining and blending donated paint, the Habitat ReStore will create a new, useful product.

The DEP encourages members of the community to donate their leftover paint rather than throwing it away.

“Participating in the ReStore Paint Drive gives DEP and the community the opportunity to dispose of unwanted paints, and allows them to be reused by other individuals,” said Tammy Thornton, assistant chief of Administrative Services at DEP. “This will create a sustainable solution for disposing of an unwanted product.”

Paint can be taken to the garage area at DEP headquarters, which is at the back entrance of the facility. DEP headquarters is located at 601 57th St. SE, in Charleston.

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Kelley Gillenwater