FAQ - Collection Sites

The following Information will help you better understand the Paintback journey.

  • What is Paintback?

    Paintback is a waste paint and packaging collection scheme for architectural and decorative paint. It aims to divert waste paint and packaging from landfill.  Paintback is an industry initiative to divert architectural and decorative waste paint from landfill. Run as an independent, not-for-profit company it will collect and treat waste paint through participating sites around Australia.

    It is the responsible way for households and professional painters to dispose of left-over paint and packaging.

  • How is Paintback funded?

    To fund the collection and treatment of the waste paint and packaging a levy of 15 cents (plus GST) per litre is applied to the wholesale price of eligible products in containers over 1 Litre and up to 20 Litres sold in retail stores and paint trade centres.

  • What happens to the waste paint?

    Households and trade painters take their unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback site located at participating councils. The waste paint and packaging is stored at the collection point ready for Paintback to pick it up.

    Paintback transports it from the collection point for treatment. The packaging and waste liquid are separated.The containers are recycled.Waste Paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint, significantly minimising landfill over current practices.

  • What about Trade Painters and large amounts of waste paint and packaging?

    A maximum of 100 litres of paint in containers of up to 20 litres can be returned per visit to Paintback sites. We will continue to work with councils to ensure that they are not inundated with trade paint. For trade painters with large stockpiles of waste paint, Paintback is working on alternative solutions to safely and efficiently collect these.

  • What paint products are accepted by Paintback?

    For a list of accepted products please click this link.

    Accepted Products