Be safe with waste paint

We've been working with B&Q to raise awareness of safety and environmental issues around waste paint.  

Our Household Recycling Centre’s (HRCs) such as the one at Battlefield in north Shrewsbury accept all types of household paint.  If you  bring leftover paint here it will be stored safely and then disposed of professionally. 

Although many paints are water-based and are not considered hazardous some contain solvents which need specialist thermal treatment so they do not harm the environment.  As such its important that you should:

• never empty paint into drains or watercourses.
• never throw paint away in your rubbish bin or sack. 
• never put paint on a bonfire

Before you dispose of leftover paint try and use it up yourself or donate it to a re-use project.  You can advertise your paint as free to a good home on websites like

Remember you can recycle metal paint tins (so long as they are empty) by putting them in the scrap metal skip at any of the HRCs.

A guidance leaflet sponsored by B&Q is being made available across B&Q stores in the county as well as at Council sites.


James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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