Paint Waste Management and Disposal

Cleanaway offers a complete waste paint collection and recycling service, turning used paint and its various waste by-products into valuable commodities for reuse.

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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.

Customers can drop their unused paint, sealed waste paint or paint cans off at any of Paintback’s waste paint collection points nationwide. Paintback is an industry-led initiative established by the paint manufacturing industry to return unused paint for recycling. All items should be sealed securely.

The types of paint waste accepted are:

  • Deck coatings and floor paints
  • Interior and exterior architectural paint
  • Packaging
  • Varnishes and urethanes (single components)
  • Wood coatings
  • Empty paint cans

Cleanaway can also arrange a direct collection service for safe paint can disposal 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 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.

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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Sorting and processing

Key customers

Household and commercial trades

From leftover paint to paint tin disposal, we can come to you to collect your waste paint at your convenience.

Spray paint workshops

Cleanaway can help collect and recycle your spray paints and other liquid automotive waste, reducing waste sent to landfill.

Why choose Cleanaway 

Tailored to your business

Suited to your business needs, budget and schedule.

Specialised fleet

Fully compliant fleet for collection and delivery.

Maximise landfill diversion

Reduce waste sent to landfill.

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Interested in a Cleanaway service?

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Find your nearest Cleanaway team

We are in every major city and region in Australia. Chances are you will find us not too far away from where you are. We’re in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth, as well as Karratha, Rockhampton, Newcastle, Geelong, Port Augusta, Albury, and more.