Do something good with your unwanted paint

RECYCLE:  Don't dump your unwanted house paint into the environment when you can drop it off to Paintback for safe treatment.
RECYCLE: Don't dump your unwanted house paint into the environment when you can drop it off to Paintback for safe treatment. Russell Millard

TUCKED in a corner of the garage, under the work bench, sitting outside the back door, stacked up beside the bin; you name it, everyone seems to have unwanted, leftover paint.

But now there is an answer to what to do with it. Paintback is a world-first national scheme we can all use to offload this paint, for free.

There are over 70 sites Australia-wide where you, or a tradie, can drop off up to 100 litres of paint in steel or plastic containers of no larger than 20 litres each.

Since the scheme started in May 2016, over four million kilos of paint have been collected and treated.

Paintback chief executive officer Karen Gomez said, "Our goal is to make it normal for people to want to take their paint back, rather than stockpile it or throw it away into the environment, and the response has been quite overwhelming".

"It's estimated Australians throw away 7.3m litres of unused paint every year, enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools."

The scheme is funded through DuluxGroup, PPG Industries, Valspar, Haymes and Resene adding 15 cent per litre to the wholesale price of their products.

With Rust-Oleum and Crockers recently joining the scheme, it has increased Paintback's coverage to over 95% of architectural and decorative paint sold in Australia.

Paintback is also investing in research to identify technologies that will better capture valuable resources from unwanted paint, reduce its environmental impact or turn it into something new and useful, such as building material.

To find your nearest collection centre, go to

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