Australians buy more than 100 million litres of paint a year, 5 million litres of this paint ends up in landfill every year, along with the packaging and materials that go with it.
Leftover paint is considered hazardous which can contaminate groundwater and should not be put into garbage bins.
You can dispose of your old and used household paint for free at the Albury Waste Management Centre. Once disposed of, paints are mixed with other waste solvents and used as an alternative to fuel in cement kilns. The metal containers are recycled.
Remember to never mix your paint with other chemicals, and if possible keep your paint in their original containers.
AlburyCity has partnered with “Paintback” which is Australia’s national waste paint & packaging solution.
Paintback collects the paint and packaging from the Albury Recycling Centre and transports it 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.
Paintback is a cost-effective way for households and trade painters to remove unwanted paint and packaging.
You can drop off the following items for free for collection by Paintback:
- Interior and exterior architectural paint
- Deck coatings and floor paints
- Primers, undercoats and sealers
- Stains and shellacs
- Varnishes and urethanes (single component)
- Wood coatings
For more information on the Paintback scheme visit the Paintback website
Applicable Fees & Charges
AlburyCity residents are not charged a fee at the Albury Recycling Centre for disposing of paint.
It is also a condition of free acceptance that recyclable materials be separated and placed in the supplied recycling areas. Sorting your load to separate general waste and recyclables is recommended.