In 2007, 400 million litres of paint were sold in the UK of around 56 million were unused - enough to fill twenty two Olympic sized swimming pools!
Paints, varnishes and woodstains often contain solvents, which are used in the manufacturing process to keep the products in a liquid state. Oil-based paints in particular contain hazardous chemicals including heavy metals.
Use water-based paints when possible, or try plant-based paints which are as effective as regular paints but do not contain toxic substances. Available from some DIY/decorating shops or by mail order. See Mail Order Catalogues.
The Edinburgh Scrap Store accepts a whole host of things, give them a message to see if they can take your items.
Please get in touch to find out:
Paint re-use campaign
Return your leftover paint and get discounts on your next purchase. That’s the message from major paint supplier Crown with its #KickOuttheCan campaign. The campaign asks people to take any unwanted paint and wood care products of any brand into their local Crown Decorating Centre to be reprocessed and passed on to community projects. In return, Crown is offering vouchers for money off your next visit. Call your local store in advance to ensure they are part of the campaign.
Never pour paint down drains. Paint is accepted at See Community Recycling Centres Edinburgh for disposal.
Please note any paint inside MUST BE DRIED OUT (not liquid).
How do you dry out paint? According to advice given by WRAP: ‘buy a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry (please pierce the dried paint before taking it to a household waste recycling centre to make sure it’s fully hardened)’.
If you have a lot of usable paint left you can post on Freecycle or Freegle.