Paintback proud to receive sustainability award

Paintback has topped off an impressive first year by being selected as an ABA100 Winner for Sustainability in the 2017 Australian Business Awards.

The award acknowledges the immediate success of the Australian paint industry’s innovative scheme to help the environment by keeping unused paint out of landfill and out of waterways.

“Sustainability is at the very heart of what wanted to do with this initiative and so we are very proud to be recognised with such a prestigious award,” said CEO Karen Gomez. “But this is really just the start for us.”

Launched in May 2016, Paintback collected more than a million kilograms of unwanted paint in its first year – that’s equivalent to 8 kilograms every minute. Thus, far we have collected and treated 4.5 million kilograms of paint tins and packaging.

Working with local councils and commercial partners, it has already set up 70 dedicated depots where both trade and DIY painters can drop of unwanted paint and packaging, quickly, easily and for free. More depots are being planned, and mobile services are used in other areas.

“Our goal is to make it normal for people to want to take their paint back, rather than stockpile it or throw it away into the environment, and the response has been quite overwhelming,” Ms Gomez said.

“It’s estimated Australians throw away 7.3 million litres of unused paint every year. In our first year, we were able to collect about 17% of that amount for safe disposal. Our aim is to divert a total of more than 45 million kilograms of paint and packaging from landfills by 2021.”

Paintback is the first unified national scheme anywhere in the world to be developed and voluntarily implemented by industry.

The scheme is backed by companies that produce 28 leading brands, including Dulux, Taubmans, Krysler, Haymes, Resene, Rust-Oleum and Wattyl, and account for more than 95% of all architectural and decorative paint sold in Australia.

Paintback also is investing in research to identify technologies that will better capture valuable resources from unwanted paint, reduce its environmental impact or turn it into something new and useful, such as building material.

The Australian Business Awards acknowledge high-performing organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services.

The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

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Paintback proud to receive sustainability award