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Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is Paintback?

Paintback is an industry initiative to divert architectural and decorative waste paint from landfill.
Run by 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.

What paint products are covered by Paintback?


How is the scheme funded?

It is funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products*, between 1 litre and 20 litres inclusive. The monies collected will go to Paintback Ltd, which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. It will fund the collection and treatment of waste paint nationally, education campaigns and research for new uses of waste paint by Paintback.

What happens to the waste paint and packaging?

After households and trade painters take their unwanted paint and packaging to a Paintback site,it 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.