It may not be full on spring weather yet in El Paso, but it's getting there, and if you're like me, you can't wait to do a bit of spring sprucing up around your house and garden. That's where the City of El Paso is ready to help.

The City's Environmental Services Department has free paint at all Citizen Collection Stations. You can drop off old paint to the City to protect the environment and keep it out of the landfill. That paint is then redistributed to the public for free. You can get a 5-gallon container of paint on a first-come, first-served basis at the collection sites. There are different colors, and they vary by location, but, hey, they're free. You have to be an El Paso resident to get the free paint. There is a limit of one 5 gallon tub of paint per customer, per visit.

From the Environmental Services Department website:

The request for paint must come from an El Paso resident.
All appropriate documentation (Reusable Paint Request Form) must be completed prior to receiving paint.
There is a limit of 5 gallons of paint per customer, per visit. Some exceptions apply upon special requests.
The City of El Paso Environmental Services Department does not warrant or guarantee the purity, quality, color or durability of any paint.
A label will be placed on all containers outlining the proper use and disposal of the paint. A quality color and durability disclaimer will also be on the label.

You can also get free mulch for your yard. If you would like some for your business, you will have to pay a small fee. For more information, you can call 212-6000, or go to the Environmental Services Department website.

CITIZEN COLLECTION LOCATIONS:

Northeast: 4501 Hondo Pass
Central: 2492 Harrison
Westside: 121 Atlantic
Eastside: 1034 Pendale