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Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging's colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. Paintback®, established in 2016, is a world-first, industry-led initiative designed to divert unwanted paint and packaging from ending up in landfill and vital waterways. Find out more.

Paint should not be put in household recycling or garbage bins as it contains chemicals such as solvents and metals that can contaminate our groundwater and have negative effects on human health. Dropping off paint for recycling reduces these impacts as well as the costs associated with hazardous waste disposal.

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. Along with disposing of waste paint responsibly, Paintback is committed to researching new ways to repurpose unwanted paint materials.

Importantly, Paintback is driven by the Australian paint industry and the major companies that supply around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia. Paintback’s founding members are Dulux, Haymes, PPG, Resene and Valspar.


Paintback is the way to:

  • Responsibly deal with waste paint after painting.
  • Declutter your garage, shed or under the house of old paint containers.
  • Recycle and reduce waste going to landfill.
  • Avoid landfill fees that may apply to waste paint.

What happens to the paint and packaging?

Households and trade painters take their unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback site.

The waste paint and packaging is stored at the collection point ready for Paintback to pick it up.

Paintback transports it from the collection point for treatment. Subject to contamination, the containers are recycled. Waste paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint, significantly minimising landfill over alternative practices.

Since launching in May 2016, Paintback has collected and treated over 36 million kilograms of paint and packaging.

Paintback offers over 165 drop-off locations across Australia, with new sites being established regularly in both regional and metropolitan areas.

Watch this video to find out what Paintback does with the paint and packaging they collect: 

Responsible paint brands supporting Paintback:

For more information, visit Paintback or call 1300 390 380.