Paints need to be disposed of carefully, and this page provides information about how and where this can be done.
Western Road Reuse and Recycling Centre
Paint is collected at our Reuse and Recycling Centre on Western Road, through a Community RePaint arrangement.
The specific items accepted are:
- emulsion paint (vinyl, matt and silk)
- satin paint
- gloss and tile paint
- masonry and floor paint
- varnishes and woodstains
For more information on the location and opening times of the Western Road Site, please visit the Reuse and Recycling Centre page.
Water-based paint (emulsion) can be disposed of in your normal rubbish bin, but it must be fully dried out first. This is because of restrictions on the disposal of liquid chemical waste.
To dry your paint, take the lid off, add some sand or sawdust (if you have any) and then leave for several weeks. When it is completely dry, put the lid back on tightly and dispose of it in your bin.
If there is much paint in the tin then it will take quite a long time to dry out, so it is best to use all of the paint first. To avoid having lots of paint to dispose of, try to buy only what you will need when redecorating.
Paint that is collected from Park View Road Reuse and Recycling Centre (and other facilities around London) is delivered to Forest Recycling Project (FRP), which runs the Community RePaint scheme in this area.
Residents and community groups can obtain paint from FRP to reuse, by visiting their facility in Walthamstow:
Forest Recycling Project
2c Bakers Avenue
London E17 9AW
Tel: 020 8539 3856
For more information visit the FRP website - see the external links section below.
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