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How To Dispose of Paint

How To Dispose of Paint

Never dispose of unwanted paint by pouring it down household or stormwater drains.

Water-based paints can be treated with Dulux Envirosolutions® Waste Paint Hardener. This product turns the liquid paint into a solid mass, which can then be disposed of responsibly.

Unwanted solvent-based paints can be disposed of by pouring the excess onto an absorbent material such as kitty litter, cardboard or shredded paper. Allow drying before disposing of. The can, once emptied, can be placed in household recycling bins.

Disposing of large quantities of paint

For the disposal of larger quantities of paint, contact your local council.
Paintback® is an industry initiative to divert architectural and decorative waste paint from landfill by depositing unwanted paint to the local collection points. The scheme enables the collection and treatment of waste paint and waste packaging through participating sites around Australia. For more information on responsible paint disposal, visit www.paintback.com.au.

 About 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.