Dispose of paint

Last updated: 12 March 2021

Why recycle paint?

Dispose of paint appropriately to:

  • reduce the risk to the environment and human health
  • keep our waterways clean
  • divert it from landfill
  • increase recovery of valuable resources.

How to dispose of paint

Household paint can be disposed of for free at any of the 30 permanent drop-off sites in Victoria. Typically located at council depots and transfer stations across the state, these sites are accessible all year round and are open to all Victorians, wherever they live.

Who can use permanent drop-off sites?

Permanent drop-off sites are for Victorian households only. Trade painters can dispose of architectural and decorative paints at a Paintback site, an industry initiative to divert paint from landfill. Note that some permanent sites are also Paintback sites and will accept trade waste paint.

Paint disposal limitations

Please note the following restrictions when you are dropping off paint:

  • Container size for paint should not exceed 20 litres or 20kg
  • Decanting is not permitted, so take paint in disposable containers
  • Trade waste paint is accepted at only some permanent drop-off sites. Alternatively take it to Paintback sites.

What happens to waste paint and packaging?

  • The collected paint is transported to a specialised waste treatment facility where it is sorted into water based and solvent based paints for further processing
  • Solvent based paint is used for energy recovery
  • Packaging is recycled with a very small portion of contaminants going to landfill.