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Paint tins

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Recycle out of home

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

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How to recycle paint tins

  • Empty or dry metal paint cans are accepted at most Recycling Centres but check with your local authority first.

  • Recycling Centres are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from landfill sites.

  • Currently, plastic paint cans are not widely accepted at Recycling Centres - check your local authority website for more information or find out more about recycling plastic paint cans below.

Still have paint left in your tins? Find out how to dispose of left-over paint

Good to know

Empty plastic and metal paint tins can be recycled free of charge at any of the 145 Crown Decorating Centres across the country via their Can Back scheme.

In 2020 alone this led to over 200 tonnes of plastic being recycled! Any make of paint is accepted but tins must be clean and dry, with no more than 1cm of dried paint left.

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