HOW BEST TO DISPOSE OF OLD PAINT – PAINTBACK
Taking Australia’s unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse.
Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. Paintback®, established in 2016, is a world-first, industry-led initiative designed to divert unwanted paint and packaging from ending up in landfill and vital waterways. Most importantly, Paintback is driven by the Australian paint industry and the major companies that supply around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia. Paintback’s founding members are Dulux, Haymes, PPG, Resene and Valspar.
Paintback is an independent not-for-profit organisation which is funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products*, between 1 litre and 20 litres inclusive.
Along with disposing of waste paint responsibly, Paintback is committed to researching new ways to repurpose unwanted paint materials.
Paintback is the way to:
- Responsibly deal with waste paint after painting.
- Declutter your garage, shed or under the house of old paint containers.
- Recycle and reduce waste going to landfill.
- Avoid landfill fees that may apply to waste paint
|Hackham Recyclers||16 Cottage Lane Hackham||1300 390 380||https://www.hackhamrecyclers.com.au/contact-us/|
|Brinkley Waste and Recycling Transfer Station||527 Brinkley Road||1300 390 380||https://www.ahrwma.com/brinkley-transfer-station|
Some other disposal options for liquid paint which might still be of use
- donate to local club which might have a local restoration project ongoing
- advertise in a garage sale
If the paint is old and of no further use, the paint can be dried in the can with cat litter or a commercial paint hardener available from most hardware stores. Hardened and dry paint must then be scooped out, bagged and disposed of in the kerbside general waste bin (blue lid bin on the mainland or red lid bin on Kangaroo Island), then empty cans can be disposed of in the kerbside recycle bin (yellow lid).