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Recycle at home

Recycle out of home

Yes, Paint can be recycled at some out of home recycling points.

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How to recycle paint

  • Unwanted paint can be donated to organisation such as Community Repaint who redistribute it to community groups and those in social need.

  • If you can't use it all up or find a good home for your paint, you will need to harden it before taking to a Recycling Centre - find your nearest below. Councils are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from landfill sites.

  • To harden paint, you can use a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry. Please then pierce the dried paint before taking it to to make sure it's fully hardened.

  • Solvent based paint, paint thinner and white spirit should be disposed of as hazardous waste - find your nearest hazardous waste disposal service below.

Find your nearest hazardous waste disposal service

If you live in England or Wales, you can enter your postcode on the GOV.UK website to find your nearest local hazardous waste disposal service.

If you live in Scotland, visit the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for more information.

For Northern Ireland residents, visit the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs website.

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