How to safely dispose of paint products

Disposing of unused paint and paint tins in an environmentally responsible way can be tricky, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you safely dispose of these items.

Looking to dispose of your unwanted paint products?

If you have recently finished a paint project and are looking at how to dispose of your paint products such as paint tins and solvents, there are a couple of ways to do so in an environmentally sound way. There are many benefits to correctly disposing of paints products which will help to keep our waterways clean, divert from landfill and increase recovery of resources. 

Estimate before you buy

Before you go ahead and purchase your paint make sure you estimate how much you need first. This will help to minimise any leftover paint at the end of your project. If you do have any paint left, consider how you can use it for future projects. For example, will you need some paint for future touch-ups or maybe you could use it to upcycle old furniture or decorate some pots?

Paintback

Alternatively, Paintback is an initiative that diverts unwanted paint and paint packaging from ending up in landfill and our waterways. Currently there are more than 114 permanent collection sites across Australia. For more information on Paintback, their requirements and nearest site, check out their website.

Leftover paint

Sometimes you’ll have small amounts of paint leftover that won’t be quite enough to finish a new project. In this case, you can pour the paint on to some old newspapers, cloth or other absorbent material such as cardboard and then dispose of those products once the paint has dried.

Empty paint tins and materials

Make sure you check your local council’s preferences before deciding on how you will dispose of your paint products. Most empty paint tins can go in your normal garbage or recycle bins or be dropped off at a waste collection centre.

Bunnings team members at a paintback event

Paintback one-day drop off events in-store

Paintback will also be setting up one-day only drop off events at some Bunnings stores during 2019. Check your local Bunnings store page to find out if there’s an event near you. 

paint brush

Guides & Projects A–Z of painting terms Painting is the easiest way to transform your home. Knowing the terms associated with painting will help you get the right products and tools to give you professional results.

colour scheme

Guides & Projects Create a colour scheme for your home A new coat of paint can make a huge difference to your home. Colour Expert from Dulux to get some tips on how to choose the colour scheme that’s right for you.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost anything with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. However, because not everything is made from the same materials, it’s...

interior paint

Preparation How to choose a paint colour for your indoors A new colour on your walls can transform your indoor spaces. However, there are loads of popular colours to choose from. Andrea from Dulux provides some tips on how to get the right colour for you.

paint brushes 02:03

Preparation How to choose paint brushes and rollers In this video, Bron from Bunnings Warehouse describes the different types of paint brushes available.

How to choose white paint

Preparation How to choose white paint With dozens of white shades on the market, here's a few tips on how to choose the white that’s right for you.

Person mixing the paint in a bucket 02:35

How To Paint How to paint Preparation is the key to successfully painting a room. We’ll show you all the things you need to do before you get started.

Person giving the door an undercoat 02:16

How To Paint How to paint a door It’s easy to freshen up your doors with a new coat of paint. We’ll even give you some tips on how to make sure you end up with a great finish.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content