|My pursuit to create the "Greenest Painting Company on Earth" has led me to think a
bit deeper about how to reach that goal. Before and during the painting process we have
taken strides to reduce waste and energy use in every way, but what about after the
job. Now we have a number of rollers and brushes loaded with latex paint, that most
people would just throw away or rinse off, Not us. Here is a bit of info about our system
for retaining used latex, preventing it from entering the water system or landfills.
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First, our rollers and brushes are wrapped for transport back to the
office, keeping them from drying out. Then we scrape as much paint
as we can into buckets of similar colors, which we give to Renew Paint
when they are full to be recycled.
Then we soak the roller sleeves in a bucket of soapy water
to break the latex bond. This water is good to soak up to
50 sleeves before the latex builds up at the bottom to a
point where we have to fill a new bucket.
This us a prototype that we will improve over time, but it
seems to work well. We use a lot of collected rain water
for washing out, but it uses very little water, as the
sleeve gets spun in the wash water, and a jet of water
spins the roller dry as it forces the remaining paint out.
Same with the brushes.
When the can is full, about 33 gallons, it goes
into the evaporation tent. This helps collect
extra solar heat, the water condenses on the
plastic and fresh water drips into the ground.
Left behind is a latex cake, that can also be
recycled into a concrete additive.
Our supplies are left clean, fluffy and ready for many more
jobs, with amazingly little impact on the environment.
If there are any other painting companies taking these steps, or
doing more, please contact us so we can do more with you!