Redland Coast residents and tradies have diverted 276,592kg of paint and packaging from landfill over the past three years through participation in a paint recycling scheme.
Mayor Karen Williams said Redland City Council had worked with the Paintback Scheme since its inception in July 2018 to divert unwanted paint products through the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre.
“In our continuous journey towards a circular economy, it is important that Council seeks out innovative partnerships to dispose of all sorts of waste, so that, where possible, it goes on to have another life,” Cr Williams said.
“Paintback is one such partnership, keeping toxic materials out of drains and kerbside collection bins – and ultimately waterways and landfill - with its collection site at Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre.
“I encourage residents and commercial operators to continue to bring paint that can’t be reused into Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre to give it a second life.”
The Paintback facility at the Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre
The Paintback Scheme is an industry-led initiative designed to divert unwanted paint and packaging from ending up in landfill and vital waterways.
Along with disposing of unwanted paint responsibly, Paintback is researching new ways to repurpose unwanted paint materials and help develop a circular economy.
Deputy Mayor and Division 6 Councillor Julie Talty said that while it cost nothing to drop off up to 100 litres of unwanted paint per visit, the paint did need to be secured in containers of 20 litres or less.
“From Redland Bay Recycling and Waste Centre, the unwanted paint is transported for treatment and repurposing,” she said.
“Currently, it’s being turned into an alternative fuel source replacing coal or having the water extracted and used by other industries, reducing the need to use mains water.
“I understand Paintback is funding research into how it can improve the recovery of paint and pails to reduce demand on virgin resources.”
The following items are accepted:
- Interior and exterior paint (including architectural paint) - water and solvent based
- Deck coatings
- Floor paints
- Wood coatings (containing no pesticides).