Painting is all fun until there’s leftover paint after using it to beautify your walls or decorate an area. Then you begin to wonder how to recycle it correctly and safely? Due to its hazardous nature, many garbage collection services and waste management agencies do not allow paint in trash collection bins. Also, improperly dumping any type of paint is illegal and can pollute the air and causing severe environmental problems, especially if it gets on the grounds; in many cases, it will end up in our vegetables, our drinking water, and who knows? We need to send it to proper disposal or take it to drop-off centers where the disposal fee per single can may be relatively small, but if you have 5 gallons or more, they can add up to large amounts, which may seem a lot of hassle to you. So let’s find some innovative ways and win-win solutions to dispose of your paint properly and safely.
Types of paints and ways to recognize and store them
Before disposing of your paint, it is important to know the type of paint you used. They are two types of paints; oil-based paint and latex paint. The paints are usually labeled, so even if you aren’t a professional painter, you can immediately notice if it is latex-based or oil-based. If it isn’t labeled “no problems,” you can determine the type of paint it is by carrying out this simple test; Get a bucket filled with water and a paintbrush, and dip the paintbrush into your paint, then dip it into the bucket filled with water, if the paint comes off, it is latex-based, and if it doesn’t come off then it is oil-based.
Oil-based paint should be handled with caution because they contain hazardous chemicals. Latex paint is a lot less dangerous and can be disposed of easily.
The good thing with paints is that they can last for as long as 10 to 15 years when stored properly and kept well. Of course, they must keep in a cool and dry place and be covered tightly to avoid them from getting spoilt or dry.
If you feel you don’t want to keep them, they are other innovative and safe ways to dispose of them.
Methods of disposing of unwanted paints safely
Oil-based paint: Because of its hazardous nature, it should be disposed of carefully by contacting your local waste management authority on how to go about it, or take the paint down to them for them to dispose of it properly for you.
Latex-based paint: You’ll find many ways to dispose of this type of paint, but due to its recyclable nature, reusing it is safer and more sustainable, and it is the wise thing to do.
According to PSI, 10% of household latex and oil-based paint goes unused, and businesses such as paint manufacturers and retailers generate large surpluses of paint (which implies miss-tints or discontinued products) in the U.S, which is more than 80 million gallons each year. Unfortunately, it only takes one gallon of this paint to pollute up to 250,000 gallons of drinking water. This problem is compounded by the dearth of convenient and sustainable paint disposal options. Without such options, it is far more likely the paint will find its way into landfills or water sources, where negative environmental impacts may resound for generations.
In juxtaposition, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide live on less than $2 a day and could never afford a gallon of paint that costs at least $35. Today around 1.6 billion people live in slums and shanty towns in developing countries, for them paint is a luxury that only a few can afford. Families often have to deal with bacteria and harmful germs on those unpainted walls, causing many serious health issues for many generations. What is a waste for us could protect and change lives for others. Thousands of underserved communities worldwide can use these paints to make their lives safer, brighter, and more joyful.
Our founder, Mr. Rony Delgarde MBA‘s dream was to solve these two problems to bring color to depressed communities in developing countries, protect the environment and relieve donors of the burden of disposing of unused paint. So he created the Global Paint for Charity (GPC), a non-profit organization that recycles paint from the US and distributes it across the globe.
Paint is collected directly from residential households, businesses, retail stores, construction sites, and manufacturers. Often, Global Paint for Charity can arrange for the paint to be immediately transported from the donor directly to the receiving organizations, reducing the need for multiple trips, which increases the carbon footprint. Or they partner with different city mayors and county’s waste divisions, hosting annual drives to help residents, schools, and businesses recycle their Latex paint correctly in their community.
With Global Paint for Charity (GPC), you can witness the positive effects of your contribution every day. For the past 12 years, GPC has transformed innumerous communities & institutions with fresh coats of paint, including single seniors and veterans who can’t afford to repaint their homes, local artists and muralists supported the basic school beautification programs for poor and destitute children and many others. With GPC now, you can receive a Tax Deduction immediately, while the paint donated by you goes to good use. It’s a win-win-win situation for the environment, our community in need, and your pocket!
In addition, nonprofit organizations and community groups around the globe can request paint for their community improvement projects. These requests are prioritized based on need, demonstration of ability to carry out the proposed project, and demonstrated barriers (i.e. in a community where paint is cost-prohibitive). Global Paint for Charity has brought paint to communities in many major cities in the U.S. and 44 countries in the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East, and Africa, including places recovering from war and/or natural disasters and communities investing in local infrastructure (schools/hospitals/dormitories/ Libraries/Sports Centers/Churches) without local funding streams.
When possible, Global Paint for Charity partners with other organizations already sending partially filled shipping containers to further reduce environmental impacts.
Today, The Global Paint for Charity is the world’s top sustainable paint waste management. The organization is accepting unwanted Latex Paint up to 10 years old, in most cases, could have been headed into landfills then our drinking water. The paint is then donated to various channels for construction, rejuvenation, and beautification in different projects around the world. As many as 5000 gallons of paint have been shipped at a time to developing countries. Since 2010, we have donated up to 4,570,884 LBS of paint and reached a population of 13,399,709 people, with aggressive goals to distribute one billion gallons to 55 countries worldwide by 2030. In addition, we hope to be able to offer additional items, including solar-powered electricity, clean drinking water, and the building of new toilets. This will ensure a sustainable community and enable the population, including students, to perform better in their studies, enabling a more productive and healthier society. We are a tested and trusted organization working 24/7 to support our community.
Global Paint for Charity – Organization
The Global Paint for Charity was incorporated in Georgia in 2011 and federally recognized as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in 2012. Its mission is to collect leftover architectural paint from residences and businesses nationwide for use in global housing rehabilitation projects, including homes, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and churches for vulnerable families in developing countries. The Global Paint for Charity is passionate about people, paint, and the environment. Together we will reduce waste, protect the environment, provide paint to vulnerable populations and paint the world with lasting colors.
Most developing countries do not have paint. Usually, trees are used to make wood stove heat to dissolve river stones and soil to make paint color powders for paint, and fruits and vegetables (i.e. beets, lime, strawberries, etc.) have to be used to make paint. This outdated practice existed many thousands of years ago, simply because people didn’t have today’s technology to make paint. However, people who live on less than $2 a day should not have to use their food resources to beautify their homes. Also, deforestation accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s global warming pollution. Therefore, to protect the world that our children will inherit from us, we must act swiftly to recycle and protect trees.
GPC is an entity that collects unwanted paint from businesses and people and redistributes the paint to those in need both domestically and internationally. For example, the ripple effect of using unwanted paint for a family home in Central America or a school in West Africa is astounding. The conversion from wasted to applied paint protects the environment, beautifies the school, increases the children’s morale, and has significant positive health impacts in the new dwelling.
Evidence of the positive impact of the GPC concept and the incredible dedication and hard work by Rony Delgarde is illustrated through GPC winning the “Energy Globe Award” in 2017. “With more than 178 participating countries and over 2,500 project submissions, the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. The Austrian Honorary Consul General, Mr. Ferdinand C. Seefried, hosted an exclusive ceremony to present the Energy Globe Award 2017 for the United States to Mr. Rony Delgarde and the board of Global Paint for Charity.” A video that shares the GPC concept in more detail below”.
While there may be more pressing issues in developing countries than the facade of a wall, a classroom, or a building, we believe that the right color in a room can truly change the ambiance of a place and the attitudes of those who inhabit it.
Global Paint: An organization on a mission to change the world through donations of paints.
Global Paint collects used latex paints from residents and businesses to serve the less privileged and those in need. Our vision is to create a colorful world where everyone can thrive and promote a sustainable, beautiful, and healthy community. We believe in coloring the world with happiness, hope, love, and peace.
Testimonial from some of our Recipients
GPC recipient, a mother of 9 children from Milimani Village in the Samburu District of Kenya said: “Global Paints provided a beautiful, clean environment for my community, my children, and me. Because of these changes, I feel so much better about myself and the future of my nine children. Within two months of my house being painted, I was able to have my life and my happiness back. My children and I live in a beautiful community. GPC staff and volunteers helped me to learn how to use paint to make arts and craft products. It’s because of the paint donation and the support of GPC staff and volunteers that I have been able to move forward and start a small boutique. Every day I feel stronger and happier. Thanks to Global Paints, and Thank you, Rony. God will bless you.”
–Carolyn Renee said, “Global Paint for Charity is a great organization, providing a much-needed service. So appreciate their efforts to recycle. This is critical to the planet. The best part is, that the paint is high quality! Keep up the awesome work”.
– Nick Newman: “Rony and team do fantastic work for a great cause. We have worked with this hard-working team for over ten years, and continuously support us and their community, and we are happy to work with them every year!”
Conclusion: You can donate your paints today to us at global Paint for Charity for a greater cause. Bring all your unwanted paint to make a difference today. Visit https://www.globalpaints.org/donate/. All you have to do is contact us, and we will take care of it for you. You can also donate cash to assist the mission of providing paints to the less privileged worldwide, spreading happiness and hope to the world. So reach out to us now, and you will be delighted if you did.