Resene ColorShop Dunedin saleswoman Robyn Warburton (21)
holds paint ready for recycling. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Knowing what to do with unwanted paint in Dunedin will
become clearer after a solid waste bylaw review.
Dunedin City Council solid waste manager Ian Featherston said
the council had banned the dumping of paint at its transfer
stations in 2003 to stop liquid toxic leachate getting in the
collection system at the Green Island Landfill.
''We are trying to minimise the amount of liquid waste that
comes into the landfill and paint can be contained and
But the council had not prosecuted anyone for dumping paint
at any Dunedin transfer station since it had implemented the
ban, he said.
The ban was only on liquid paint, and dry paint could be
dumped at a transfer station. Dry paint was once liquid paint
that had dried solid after the paint tin lid had been left
Signs at the transfer stations would be ''revamped'' and
include more detail on what paint, in what form, could be
dumped, after a solid waste bylaw review was completed.
Until then, dry paint could be dumped at transfer stations
and Resene Paints collected unwanted decorative liquid paint
in its Paintwise Recovery Programme, he said.
Resene ColorShop Dunedin retail assistant Hazel van Raalte
said the shop accepted any paint and tin in reasonable
''We'll take basically anything - as long as it's paint - and
we take all the Resene paint back for nothing.''
For ''opposition products'', there was a paint recycling cost
of $1 per tin up to 4 litre, or $2.50 for tins 10 litre or
The recycled water-based ''sludge grey'' paint was made
available to the council to paint over graffiti.
''And all they really do with the oil-based stuff is recover
all the solvents out of it.''
People should not mix leftover water-based and oil-based
paints in a tin to save on recycling costs, she said.
''If we don't know what's in it then we can't take it.''
Any paint in good condition brought in was set aside and made
available to paint community buildings such as churches,
kindergartens and play centres.
''If someone brings in a can of bright green or bright red in
good order, we'll take it because often kindys will want to
paint something in bright colours.''
Community groups could apply for the paint through Resene
head office and, on approval, could look through the paint
collection in store.