Recycling scheme diverts millions of litres of unwanted paint from landfill

Hiding in the back of garages and garden sheds all over the country are tins of old paint.

And while some of that paint is saved for future touch-up jobs around the house, much of it ends up in landfill.

Annually, Australians throw away around 7.3 million litres of unused paint.

In a bid to divert the waste, paint manufacturers have joined forces to establish a collection and treatment service.

After one year in operation, the not-for-profit organisation Paintback has now been set up in more than 50 locations around the country.


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