1. Most waste paint is considered hazardous and as such should not be put in a skip. Traditional advice such as absorbing the material with sand is terrible for the environment as it leaches into the watercourses at landfill sites.
2. Some recycling centres may still take paint for disposal. This would only apply for domestic waste paint and in most cases only non-hazardous liquids such as emulsion. You can check your local council website to see if this is permitted.
3. All commercial old paint must be disposed of by a fully licensed waste management company. The waste paint should be collected and transferred in accordance with latest legislation. Some recycling centres may take domestic paint for disposal.
4. Emulsion paint should be disposed of in the same way as gloss or solvent paints i.e. through re-use or high temperature incineration. Although it’s VOC level is considerably lower, this can still have negative impacts on the Environment.
5. If the empty paint tins are completely free from residue they may be disposed of in the bin. However, these will only end up at landfill sites so it would be much better to have them recycled with your other metal or plastic waste packaging.
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