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Disposing of paint

In April 2014 routine paint disposal was removed from the recycling centre service.  It was removed due to the considerable cost in disposing of this material.

We hold free household hazardous waste days (amnesties) when we do accept certain hazardous waste items, including paint. 

The next event is likely to be in autumn 2021. If you have any items that need disposing of your local district, borough or city council should be able to help but there will be a charge.

You can get rid of unused paint in other ways:

  • ‘Use it up’ by offering unused paint to friends, family or online eg Freegle or Freecycle
  • ‘Dry it out’ by adding something absorbent, like cat litter, soil or saw dust.  Once the paint is dried, you can put the paint cans in your general waste bin at home
  • The local district, borough or city councils should offer a hazardous waste collection but might charge for it
  • Specialist hazardous waste contractors found in the phone book or online

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