As you know I am passionate about the environment and recycle whenever possible. A recent survey by the British Coatings Federation (BCF) highlighted some problems with recycling unused paint.
It is estimated that a staggering 55 million litres of leftover paint is generated in the UK each year. The majority if taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is put in land fill or incinerated and only one in three HWRCs actually accept paint.
The problem for the local authorities that run these HWRCs is that incinerating paint safely is expensive and that seems to be the main reason why they don’t accept it.
There is another solution, however. The BCF has found that sending the unused paint to a paint recycler or remanufacturer can lead to a saving of up to 40% for local authorities.