In 2009, Austin ReBlend received a grant to purchase equipment that allowed it to process and manufacture paint on-site, as opposed to through an independent contractor, which raised its production efficiency substantially.
|Texas Limestone, left, and Balcones Canyonland, right, are the two colors of paint produced by the service as of 2013.|
The service aggregates locally recycled latex paint, processes and analyzes it for quality control, and then retrofits candidate material into a new 100% post-consumer, low-volatile organic compound product. In order to optimize manufacturing efficiency and to provide a stable consumer product, two pliable shades of beige: Texas Limestone and Balcones Canyonland. According to annual reports, the service produced 8,333 gallons of recycled paint during 2011. This number increased to 12,767 US gal (48,330 l) in 2012. It is also experimenting and researching new ways to improve its process.
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The city also produced 8,333 gallons of Austin ReBlend paint, available to residents for free at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
- Athens, Lucia (2012-07-26). "Sustainability Highlights" (PDF). City of Austin Memorandum. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
Re-blended 8,333 gallons of Austin Reblend paint and reused or recycled 341,025 pounds of household hazardous waste in 2011. (Austin Resource Recovery)
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The Statesman reports that the paint is free to the public. However, that doesn’t mean you can come and get unlimited amounts. Abuse the privilege and you will be blacklisted. The paint is to be used for small, individual projects. Unused blended paints will go to poor Mexican border towns, where poverty stricken neighborhoods will brighten their environment with a fresh coat of paint.