Research & Development

Today, when you bring your unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback collection point we reuse and recycle as much of it as we can with existing technologies. We’re also investing in research with the aim of diverting 100 percent of what we collect away from landfill.

Since launching in May 2016, Paintback has been collecting and treating unwanted paint and packaging accross Australia. Now Paintback is working with scientists and engineers to create new ways to reuse and recycle unwanted paint and packaging.

Today, when you bring your unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback collection point:

  • we use the solvent-based paint as fuel, replacing coal in high-temperature kilns that produce cement
  • we take the water out of water-based paints, halving the volume of material going to landfill
  • we turn steel cans into new steel products
  • working towards solving the issue of recycling heavily contaminated plastic packaging

Together we’re funding research that we hope will:

  • turn paint pails into new plastic products
  • turn water-based paints into other useful products
  • recover valuable ingredients like titanium dioxide from water-based paints
  • help develop better packaging design based on sustainable design principles

Our vision is that with your help, all paint and paint packaging in Australia will be reclaimed, turned into new products, or converted into energy.

We have a Research and Development (R&D) program looking into new uses for unwanted paint and paint packaging.

Our Research Program is guided by our R&D advisory committee: chaired by aerospace engineer Prof. Murray Scott, chemist and former Victorian Lead Scientist Dr. Leonie Walsh, R&D and paint industry specialist Roy Rose, engineer and former BASF Managing Director, Ross Pilling and Paintback CE Karen Gomez. 

So take your old paint to a Paintback collection point. It’s good for the environment you can declutter your garden shed or garage. We are taking paint’s colourful past and turning it into a brighter future.

Paintback R&D Committee

  • Murray Scott

    Independent Director, Chair of R&D Committee


    Directorships, Adjunct Professorships, R & D, Commercialisation

    Qualifications: BEng, MSc, FTSE, FAICD, FAIM, FIEAust, CPEng, EngExec

    “It is exciting to be developing a portfolio of new technologies to help achieve the best possible paint product stewardship outcomes for Australia.”

  • Leonie Walsh

    R&D Committee Member


    Directorships, Innovation, Technology Commercialization, Strategy 

    Qualifications: BSc, MSc, MBA (Exec), GAICD, FTSE, HonDUni (Swin)

    “After a career working at the front end of technology development and commercialization I am happy to be supporting an organization with a focus on paint products end of life value chain”

  • Ross Pilling

    R&D Committee Member


    Directorships, Adjunct Professorships, R & D, Commercialisation  

    Qualifications: BEng (Hons), MSc, DipM, FTSE, FAICD

    “An effective product stewardship program is an essential component of a sustainable paint industry in Australia”

  • Roy Rose

    R&D Committee Member


     R&D, Business and Operations Management. Non-executive directorships. 

    Qualifications: BSc, GAICD

    “Paintback offers the Australian paint industry the opportunity to be world leaders in closed loop recycling of decorative paint”