Paintback: Australia's official paint recycling programme

Last Modified: Thu Dec 14 2017 14:10:01 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Jan 2016
    Formation of Paintback as an independent not-for-profit organisation to implement a (paint) product stewardship scheme developed by the (paint) industry and supported by federal, state and local governments. It offers professional and home painters an easy option for disposing of unwanted paint and packaging correctly thereby minimising the detrimental effects of paint waste and packaging on the environment.
  • 100 million litres
    Volume of paint bought in Australia each year.
  • 7.3 million litres
    Volume of paint that ends up as waste each year, making paint and its packaging one of the biggest source of liquid waste into landfill. While paint is a low toxicity, high volume waste, it comprises some environmentally harmful substances, including heavy metals and surfactants which can hinder oxygen and photosynthesis when disposed of in waterways. Paint may also contribute to leachate when disposed of in landfill in solid form.
  • 45,000 tonnes
    of paint and packaging that Paintback aims to keep out of landfill by 2022.
  • May 2016
    Commencement of operations.
  • 5
    Paint manufacturers, representing over 70 of Australia most popular brands participate in the program.
  • 1
    Lead waste recovery and disposal partner - Cleanaway - who has the expertise to treat the waste paint and packaging and a significant footprint to collect from across the nation.
  • 70
    Collection sites have been set up to date.
  • 4,000 tonnes
    of paint and packaging diverted from landfill to date.
  • 15 cent per litre
    Levy on products sold by Australia's major paint manufacturers. The amount thus collected is used to fund the program.