The UMCG Stewardship Committee’s current focus is on Generosity of Spirit, Service, and Support. In accordance with United Methodist guidelines for stewardship, we are also emphasizing earth advocacy through “The Green Diary: Tips on Caring for God’s Earth.” You’ll find The Green Diary in our Messenger newsletter, on our website at www.genevaumc.org and on the United Methodist Church of Geneva Facebook page.
We’ve all faced this problem: After repainting a room, we have extra, unneeded paint. What can we do with extra LATEX PAINT? Here are some options:
Did you know you can recycle empty paint cans? Empty paint cans and lids can be placed in your household recycling bin. (A thin coat of dried paint on the inside walls and bottom is OK.)
And what can you do with old OIL BASED paint?
First check to make sure it is oil based. (If the instructions say to clean up with soap and water, it is latex, not oil based.) Oil based paint and stain are classified as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and should not be thrown in your garbage. If the paint is still in good condition, consider finding a neighbor or friend who might need it – or offer it on Freecycle.org or on Craigslist for free. Otherwise, take it to a Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site (such as the site at 156 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville).
Here are some “plastistics” to wrap your mind around:
Alternatives not only reduce consumption of natural gas and oil (used to make the bags) but also lead to a cleaner landscape.
To recycle your light weight plastic bags, be aware: They should NOT go into your curbside recycling, as they easily slip through sorting conveyors and jam the gears. Instead, drop them off at a store that recycles them in bulk, such as Jewel, Wal-Mart, Meijer, or Target.