What to do with
Your local household waste recycling centre may have a donation point for paint - it is re-used rather than recycled. Alternatively, donate your paint directly to a local Community Repaint scheme.
Keep your paint in tip top condition...
- When opening lids, do so carefully to avoid damaging the can sealing ring
- Protect the paint from frost and extreme temperatures as these can damage the paint
- To stop your paint from drying out - ensure the lid is on securely and tightly; tip the container upside down for a few seconds (this will help stop a skin forming on the paint); store the paint containers in an upright position
Pass it on...
If you have unwanted paint, which is still usable there are several ways you can dispose of it.
- Ask family and friends - it might be perfect for a painting project they have in mind
- Donate it to a local project - Community Repaint is a network of paint donation schemes; find your nearest scheme on their website. Please note: Only usable paint suitable for domestic application can be accepted. Unfortunately they are unable to accept oil-based glosses, satinwoods, eggshells, primers or undercoats which have the orange high-VOC symbolar paint, aerosols & spray paints, paint over 10 years old, paint containing lead or paint that is not in its original container
- Councils are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from landfill sites, so if you can't use it up or find it a good home by giving it away you will need to harden it before disposal. You can buy a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry (please pierce the dried paint before taking it to a household waste recycling centre to make sure it's fully hardened)
- Solvent based paint, paint thinner and white spirit should be disposed of as hazardous waste