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One Paint Can at a Time

colorado student action one paint can2017, Milliken, Colorado, USA

Erin Engels and Keana Morris
Roosevelt High School, Milliken, Colorado

Throughout Weld County, leftover cans of paint are often tossed into the trash and sent to the landfill.  Erin and Keana developed a plan to collect this unused paint.  They worked with GreenSheen Paint Company ( and organized a paint recycling day in their home town of Milliken.  The students advertised at every school in their district and throughout the community.  Although the weather did not cooperate, they collected over 1300 pounds of paint, stain and finishes.  The water-based paint is remixed to create 16 new colors and the non-paint items were sent to the hazardous waste disposal site