Boy Scouts of America: Going GREEN for over 106 years!

November 4, 2016

Latex paint is the most popular paint on the market, accounting for approximately 85 percent of paint sales in United States. 


It is preferred by most do-it-yourselfers because of the ease of cleaning up with soap and water. 


Latex paint is less detrimental to our environment than oil based paints because it contains less hazardous ingredients. However, latex paints do contain acrylics, vinyl’s and epoxies and can pose environmental problems if poured down the drain, into a storm drain, or if the liquid is disposed of in the regular trash. 


In Indiana, more than 2,000,000 cans of latex paints are left in excess. Paint is either forgotten in some remote part of the house or garage, rinsed down a drain, hidden in garbage bags, and in some cases recycled. 


Back by popular demand! We are presenting an opportunity for our community to dispose of their leftover latex paint in a way that it will benefit the Boy Scouts and also the environment for future generations. 


Donate a $2.00 minimum per can (any size: 10 ounce to 5 gallon) and feel good about your conservation efforts and support of LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America that serves Porter, Lake, Starke, St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties in Indiana and parts of Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan. 


After the paint is collected, it is reprocessed, remixed, repackaged and sold to participating Habitat for Humanity ReStores. The leftover metal cans are recycled at a local recycling center. Plastic containers are sent to Saginaw, Michigan where they are processed and recycled. Every part of the cans are reused in some fashion!


It’s simple, load up your old latex paint cans and drop off at:
Big R’s, 3501 S. Main Street in Elkhart 
Kabelin Ace Hardware, 1910 East Ireland Road in South Bend
Kabelin Ace Hardware, 12820 State Road 23 in Granger
Kabelin Ace Hardware, 512 Andrew Avenue or 605 E Lincoln Way in LaPorte
Kabelin Ace Hardware, 432 Saint John Road in Michigan City

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