Paint waste disposal
Used and unwanted paint is some of the most common liquid waste found in landfills. About 5% of the 100 million litres of paint bought every year ends up as hazardous landfill waste. However, with safe paint disposal practices, waste paint and its by-products can be recycled and turned into valuable commodities.
Cleanaway has joined forces with Paintback, a not-for-profit company, to make this a reality. Customers can drop their unused paint, sealed waste paint or paint cans off at any of Paintback’s waste paint collection points nationwide. All items should be sealed securely.
The types of paint waste accepted are:
- Deck coatings and floor paints
- Interior and exterior architectural paint
- Varnishes and urethanes (single components)
- Wood coatings
- Empty paint cans
Cleanaway can also arrange a direct collection service for paint products not listed in this drop off list or for volumes larger than 100 litres.
Closing the loop on paint
The waste paint and paint containers collected by Cleanaway and Paintback will be sorted and processed to turn them from waste to valuable resources.
The metal and plastic containers that hold the paint can be recycled and turned into new packaging materials. Water-based paint will be processed, with the by-products used in a variety of industrial applications, such as cement mixer, as industrial water or in composting.
Solvent-based paint will be recycled and used as an alternative fuel source for local cement manufacturers.
Diverting waste paint from landfill not only helps contribute to sustainability, but also keeps our environment safe by reducing the risk of the hazardous materials found in paint that causes environmental damage.
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