Nearly Six in Ten Coloradans Completed at Least One Home Improvement Project Since the COVID-19 Pandemic Began
Fifty-seven percent of the projects completed used paint, highlighting the importance of paint recycling awareness during America Recycles Day on Nov. 15 and Colorado Recycles Week from November 16-20
DENVER, Colo. — A new PaintCare/Ipsos poll released today shows that 58% of Coloradans completed at least one home improvement project since the start of the pandemic. The number of projects completed is up 50% from the same time last year. Of the home improvements projects that began in Colorado during the pandemic, 57% used paint. PaintCare, a national nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers to operate paint stewardship programs, fielded the survey across the U.S. and in Colorado to highlight the importance of paint recycling education as the nation celebrates America Recycles Day on November 15 and as Colorado celebrates Colorado Recycles Week from November 16-20.
Interest in home improvement projects has skyrocketed during the pandemic creating a trend many have dubbed “pandecorating”. Data indicate consumers are, at least temporarily, diverting resources away from travel and entertainment to focus on home improvement projects. The PaintCare survey further solidifies this trend as well as some of the reasons behind it. Of the 52% of Americans nationwide who have completed at least one home improvement project since the pandemic began:
- 65% describe their project as something they had been putting off for some time
- 24% were inspired by new ideas that came up when browsing online, an activity that has increased during the pandemic with 51% of Americans using social media at higher rates than usual
- 21% only noticed the need to do certain projects after being at home in quarantine
“America Recycles Day and Colorado Recycles Week are the perfect times to remind do-it-yourselfers they can do their part for the environment and reduce waste by planning to buy the right amount of paint, using it up, and recycling the rest,” said Kevin Lynch, Colorado program manager for PaintCare. “PaintCare makes it easy with online inspiration and resources for every step of the process and the fact that nearly all Coloradans live within 15 miles of a paint recycling drop-off site, making it easy to recycle unused paint.”
PaintCare currently operates programs in eight states and the District of Columbia. There are more than 175 drop-off sites across Colorado and more than 1,800 drop-off sites across the country. To find the closest paint recycling drop-off site, visit PaintCare’s drop-off site locator tool. Residents and businesses who wish to drop off paint for recycling are encouraged to call ahead to verify drop-off hours and ensure space in on-site collection bins.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an official proclamation on Friday, November 15, 2019, marking Colorado Recycles Week. This year, Colorado Recycles Week will take place November 16-20.
America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful initiative, is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around Nov. 15, America Recycles Day event organizers educate neighbors, friends and colleagues through thousands of events.
About PaintCare and PaintCare Colorado
PaintCare is committed to making it easy and convenient for residents and businesses to recycle postconsumer (leftover) paint in states with paint stewardship laws. A nonprofit organization created by paint manufacturers, PaintCare sets up drop-off locations for leftover paint, arranges for recycling and proper disposal, and conducts public education. More than 3 million gallons of paint, stain, and varnish have been managed by PaintCare’s Colorado program since its launch in 2015. For additional information, visit www.paintcare.org.
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