Frequently asked questions
How can I dispose of my unwanted paint?
Using the environmental principles of reduce, reuse, recycle there are lots of ways you can mitigate environmental impacts.
Reduce the paint you buy
Reuse leftover paint
Store leftover paint upright in a frost free environment, and keep out of sight and reach of children.
Donate leftover paint
Community RePaint provides a practical solution to this waste stream that is environmentally and socially beneficial. Unwanted surplus paint is diverted from the waste stream and redistributed for re-use by community groups, charities and voluntary groups. Co-ordinated by the not-for-profit environmental consultancy Resource Futures, Community RePaint schemes collect 'half-tins' of leftover paint from donation points at some Local Authorities’ Household Waste Recycling Centres or Civic Amenity sites.
You may be able to donate paint through your Local Authority Household Waste Recycling Centre or visit www.communityrepaint.org.uk where you can enter your postcode and find your nearest Paint Donation Facility.
For responsible disposal of other waste paint call your Local Authority for guidance, as some have special facilities for disposing of paint.
Do not pour paint down drains or watercourses.
Recycle empty paint containers