An industry-led initiative to divert unwanted paint from landfill.


51,000,000 kg +

Since 2016, we've collected and treated over 51 million kilograms of unwanted paint and packaging.


165+ Locations

Free to drop off your unwanted paint and packaging at over 165 locations across Australia.

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Who We Are?

Paintback takes unwanted paint and packaging and responsibly disposes of it, diverting it from landfill and vital waterways.

Turn unwanted paint into energy

What happens to the paint and packaging collected by Paintback?

Step One

DIY and trade painters take their unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback site. Paintback accepts up to 100 litres per visit stowed in containers of up to 20 litres.

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Step Two

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

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Step Three

Paintback transports it from the collection point for treatment.

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Step Four

The packaging and waste liquid are separated. The containers are recycled, subject to contamination. The solvent paint can be used as an alternative energy source. Water is separated from acrylic paint, with the by-product used in a variety of industrial applications significantly reducing landfill.

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