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Stop Illegal Paint Dumping


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  The Green Project, along with Tulane's Center for Public Service, the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation and the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, teamed up for a campaign targeting illegal paint dumping — tossing old or unused paint down storm drains. Tulane students spread out across the New Orleans area in November to stencil the words "Dump No Waste, Drains To Stream" near storm drains and post flyers warning residents of the environmental and health hazards dumped paint can present. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends municipalities mark storm drains to discourage dumping.

  The Green Project offers paint recycling; residents can drop off unused paint and the store will sort and resell it at its warehouse store for $5 to $7 a gallon. Watershed Activities to Encourage Restoration (WATER) uses a similar guerrilla tactic to promote more responsible waste management in watersheds near Maryland and Virgina, surrounding Chesapeake Bay. — Alex Woodward


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