Paint collection and recycling scheme opens 100th collection point
July 15, 2018
Paintback, a world-first Australian initiative to responsibly dispose of paint and containers which otherwise end up in landfill, has opened its 100th collection site with the addition of 10 new sites across Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
“Australians throw away a colossal 15 million kilograms of unused paint with containers every year,” said Karen Gomez, CEO of Paintback. “Since we began a little over two years ago, we’ve been able to collect in excess of 6 million kilograms for responsible disposal.”
Paintback repurposes valuable materials into recycled packaging, alternative energy fuel and water resources using industrial processes where possible. It also is funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint waste.
Paintback is an independent not-for-profit organisation which is funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products, between 1 litre and 20 litres inclusive.
The scheme is backed by companies that produce 30 brands, including Dulux, Taubmans, Haymes, Resene, Rust-Oleum and Wattyl, and account for more than 95% of all architectural and decorative paint sold in Australia.
Queensland and Victoria lead the country in taking up the scheme.
“We now have 34 sites in Queensland and 30 sites in Victoria where there’s very strong support for the concept.” Ms Gomez said.