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.
Destiny Angels is a church organisation that accepts donations of paint that is used when helping people to decorate their homes:
T: 0333 900 0909
Paint re-use campaign kicks off
Return your leftover paint and get discounts on your next purchase. That’s the message from major paint supplier Crown with its #KickOuttheCan campaign, which gets underway this weekend. 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.
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).