In tough economic times, homeowners cannot afford to pass up free paint and a potential savings of several hundred dollars. Between record foreclosures, high unemployment, and rising food and gas prices, the “Paint it Broward” program has hit all-time records in paint distribution county-wide.
“Paint it Broward” is an initiative of Broward County’s Waste and Recycling Services allowing residents throughout the county to receive up to twenty gallons of high-quality recycled latex exterior paint yearly for residential projects.
Latex paint collected through the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Program is transported to a paint manufacturer where it is recycled into high-quality exterior latex paint. It is then distributed through the “Paint it Broward” program and numerous municipalities throughout Broward County.
Broward County recycles and distributes an average of 70,000 gallons of latex paint per year in an effort to improve neighborhoods and benefit the citizens of Broward County.
In fiscal year 2010, a record 77,675 gallons of paint were distributed through the “Paint it Broward” program, up 25% from the previous record in fiscal year 2009 of 61,819 gallons.
“Since the Paint it Broward program began in 2003, a total of 643,066 gallons of paint have been distributed,” said D.J. McPherson, Public Education Coordinator.
Paint colors include beige, terra-cotta, grey and turquoise. Due to variations in paint hues, residents are encouraged to take sufficient quantities to suit their needs, with a twenty gallon maximum.
The distribution of recycled paint is accomplished through a cooperative program where Broward County distributes the paint to participating municipalities, which in turn dispense it to their residents.
To receive free paint through “Paint it Broward,” contact your city at the phone number listed below and ask for the paint recycling program coordinator. If your city is not listed, then it is not a Broward County paint recycling program participant. You can obtain paint directly through the county.
Recycled latex paint is for non-profit or residential use only. This product is not available for commercial entities, or for re-sale.
“Faced with tough challenges in a faltering economy, Broward residents may not place a priority on house painting,” said County Commissioner Chip LaMarca. “Paint it Broward allows you to spruce up your home while saving several hundred dollars on the cost of paint.”
The following municipalities participate in the “Paint it Broward” program.
Coconut Creek: 954-973-6780
Coral Springs: 954-344-1040
Dania Beach: 954-357-8850
Fort Lauderdale: 954-828-5770
Lauderdale Lakes: 954-535-2815
Lighthouse Point: 954-946-7386
North Lauderdale: 954-724-7070
Oakland Park: 954-630-4414
Pembroke Park: 954-966-4600, ext. 1215
Pembroke Pines: 954-437-1111
Pompano Beach: 954-786-4030
Unincorporated Broward: 954-765-4999
West Park: 954-989-2688
Wilton Manors: 954-390-2190
For more information on the “Paint it Broward” program or to obtain free paint directly through Broward County, please call (954) 357-8850 and enter option 3.