Our last blog explored how general waste in the painting and decorating industry and how Staunch Greco Industries manages general waste responsibly, as well as having a specific plan when it comes to reducing the problem of landfill. You can read that article by clicking here.

This blog gets specific in regards to how SGI handles unwanted paints and liquids when working on a commercial or residential project. We have heard far too many horror stories from clients,  people in the industry, and from friends as to how some painting and decorating companies mishandle unwanted paints and liquids.

Fortunately, with the ever growing concern among our community for eco-based responsibility, people are keeping a closer eye with what companies are doing whilst working on their project.

As part of our environment and sustainability plan we take a few simple yet effective steps to ensure unwanted paints and liquids do not cause harm to our clients, the wider community and the environment.

Unwanted Or Left-Over Paints:

How we deal with unwanted or left-over paints depends on a few things including quantity and colour.

Our first move is to offer the left over paint to clients as a courtesy. Sometimes people like to keep a tin for reference. We can also find another home for the paint and can keep it ourselves to use on another project. This is a practical option, especially if it’s a mainstream colour that is in high demand.

If its not to be kept for reference or re-used on a future project, we can always either take it to a local recycling centre or take it to Paintback.

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We are a big fan of this organization. Paintback is an organization in Melbourne, who’s chief objective is to reduce landfill by innovative reuse of unwanted paint and packaging. If you don’t want the extra paint, and we don’t think we can find a home for it in the short term, it will find an innovative and sustainable home at Paintback.

If there is a small amount of unwanted paint left over from a project, we can also perform a safe and recyclable way of disposing paint. We carry a bag of organic kitty litter in our work van. In order to dispose of the paint in a household recycling bin, we pour kitty litter onto the paint and leave it aside till its completely dry. Once it is completely dry, it is ready to be disposed of as described earlier.

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We often recycle paint cans ourselves and use them as containers for materials in inventory. We also take cans to paintback or a local recycling centre. Any materials which are hazardous are taken to the local recycling resource centre, where they will be handled and disposed of responsibly.

If you have any questions about how we handle unwanted paints and liquids please give us a ring on 1300 782 862 or email us via our contact form on our website.