Joe Wiggington purchased Panhandle Paints (99 Cary lu Cir, Harpers Ferry), a full-service retailer of Benjamin Moore Paints and ProLuxe for wood finishing products, in June of 2015.

“With over 40 years in the painting business, we offer expert advice on all things paint and wood finish,” he explained. “We can make onsite recommendations, color consultations, and expert advice that can only come from seasoned professionals.”

Something unique about Panhandle Paints is that Joe and his team are making a huge effort to not only reduce the amount of waste the business creates, but explore all their recycling options.

“When we took over the store, it generated approximately two large black plastic bags of trash per week, with only the cardboard boxes being recycled at Ox Paper down the road,” he explained. “We added a blue recycle bin in the store to recycle all the standard paper and plastic that is normally practiced in households, and then we set off to see if there were outlets that would accept some other materials we regularly generate.”

So, all metal cans from Panhandle Paints’ tints are dried and recycled at Potomac Metals, their plastic shipping materials are disposed of at plastic-bag drop-off sites, and even their coffee grounds end up being composted.

“The result is we are now down to one bag approximately every three weeks,” Wiggington boasted. That focus on efficiency certainly flows into customer service and quality products. Wiggington added, “I believe, as a small, independent business owner, we can have a more direct, personal connection with our customers, and meet their individual needs.”

To that end, Panhandle Paints, along with Jefferson County Solid Waste Authority, is excited to host a “paint-recycling day” on April 7, from 9am-1pm. The community is invited.

For more information, find Panhandle Paints on Facebook, and call 304-728-6656.

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