SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Don’t miss the chance to see PaintCare’s Bay-Area art project to promote
paint recycling in California! This last in the series of three art
installations is now up.
While the first mural communicated that you should buy just enough paint
to add color to your world, and the second mural featured creative ways
of using up leftover paint with fun, do-it-yourself projects, Bay-Area
artist, Sirron Norris completes the story with the third and final
installation featuring PaintCare’s most important message; “Recycle your
The last mural is a bright and colorful feature of Norris’ recognizable
characters taking all of the paint they used in the first and second
murals to the nearby PaintCare drop-off site – their local hardware
store — to be recycled. From there, the paint goes through the
“PaintCare recycling machine,” creating new colors for the rest of the
world to use.
The mural aims to show how easy it is to recycle leftover paint, as well
as the results of how recycling paint can make a more beautiful,
environmentally-clean world. As with the first two murals, the final
mural will be up at the corner of Market and Octavia Streets (near the
entrance to Highway 101) in San Francisco until August 31st.
All of the paint for this project is from San Francisco’s household
hazardous waste facility at Recology San Francisco, the operator of the
waste transfer station and recycling center. The facility is one of 19
places in San Francisco that accept most types of paint, stain, and
varnish from the public. As part of a contract between PaintCare and the
Department of the Environment (City & County of San Francisco), the
facility also remixes thousands of gallons of paint to give away to the
public for free each year.
Using recycled materials for art projects is an innovative way to engage
the public and generate excitement around art and recycling. The Artist
in Residence Program at Recology has been doing this for 25 years.
Artists who are in residence are required to gather all of their
materials from our public disposal area and all paint is recovered from
the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
“Prior to the start of this project, we were looking for a creative and
environmentally responsible way to raise awareness about where to
recycle household paint,” said Paul Fresina, Director of Communications
for PaintCare. “Sirron’s trio of murals have not only been the perfect
way for PaintCare to get multiple messages out to the public, but also
to tell a story and demonstrate how easy it is to recycle paint.”
Each mural is a visual demonstration of each of PaintCare’s key
messages: “Buy right. Use it up. Recycle the Rest.”
Be sure to “like” PaintCare on Facebook or follow #recycleyourpaint
Paint manufacturers established PaintCare, a nonprofit organization, to
plan and implement paint stewardship programs to make paint recycling
more convenient and educate the public about “buying right” and using up
leftover paint in states that pass paint stewardship laws. The
California program began in 2012 and now has more than 700 drop off
sites throughout the state. PaintCare also operates programs in
Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
PaintCare is also planning programs for Maine and the District of
Columbia. For details: www.paintcare.org.
Leah Davis, 619.717.2334