Did you know?

Last year 366 million litres of paint (retail and trade) were sold in the UK. Of this, it is estimated that approximately 55 million litres are unused, stored in homes or garages or just thrown away.

Paints should never be poured down the drain as they can severely pollute watercourses. Try using organic and VOC free paints as alternatives to standard hazardous paints.


BBC and Dulux are just two organisations that provide online calculators. You can use these to help you work out how much you might need before you buy.

Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre

For reuse: If you have full or virtually full cans of paint (whether oil or water-based) please place them in the red Paint Container on Recycling Bay A and they will be collected by a charity who will provide them to new housing association residents, free of charge.

For disposal:  Residents can dispose of unused paint of up to 10 litres  at the Centre.  It is preferable if the paint is dry and hardened and so, to assist with the drying out process, residents  should leave the lid off the paint container before bringing it to the Centre.  Adding cat litter or sawdust will help the drying out process  further.

  • Water-based paint, once dried, residents can deliver it to the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre and place it in a Rubbish Only container.
  • Oil-based paints should be delivered to the Centre and placed in the Paint storage container in Recycling Bay A.

If the paint cans are empty, please place them in a Scrap Metal container for recycling.