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BURLINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL OFFERS PAINT RECYCLING

 SEATTLE, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A hazardous waste that used to be buried in landfills is now ending up at the end of a paint brush.
 Burlington Environmental Inc. (Burlington) is the first company in the Pacific Northwest to successfully implement a permanent latex paint recycling program, according to John Craig, president and chief executive officer of Burlington.
 "To help preserve our environment, people have to go beyond just recycling paper and glass," said Craig. "Recycling paint is an innovative way to extend the life of commonly used products and reduce the waste stream."
 During the past six months, Burlington, in cooperation with a local paint manufacturer, created a program for collecting, screening, sorting, blending and recycling a large portion of this waste stream. This new process also allows for the recycling of empty paint cans.
 In the course of operating more than 300 individual household hazardous waste collections each year, Burlington collects thousands of gallons of reusable latex paint. Unused paint may be considered a hazardous waste and should not be disposed of in residential garbage.
 To date, more than 2,000 gallons of latex paint once destined for the landfill have been recycled and distributed for reuse, and 7,000 pounds of empty paint cans have also been sent for metals reclamation. The first 2,000 gallons of recycled paint were distributed free of charge to non-profit groups and individuals, including Youth With a Mission and MLK Housing Development. Burlington Environmental expects to produce and sell more than 15,000 gallons in 1993.
 Burlington Environmental is producing light interior, light exterior and dark exterior latex paint that meets all paint industry guidelines. The recycled paint can be used for both primer and finish coats. The paint will be sold as either a 100-percent post consumer recycled product or as a 50/50 light interior, low sheen, recycled blend.
 "We used my own office as a test to see just how good the recycled paint really is," said Craig. "It's durable and covers as well as any other paint I've seen, with no sacrifice in quality."
 Burlington expects the paint to be available for purchase by the general public in May at local retail paint outlets or directly from the company. A portion of each batch of recycled paint will be set aside for free distribution to non-profit community groups and organizations.
 Burlington Environmental Inc. provides comprehensive hazardous waste services for customers, including major industrial manufacturers in the aerospace, transportation, chemical and petrochemical industries, as well as numerous government agencies. Burlington Environmental Inc. is the largest operator of treatment, recycling and storage facilities in the northwest United States, and one of the largest in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Wolfin of Burlington Environmental, 206-654-8119/


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