How to recycle this item

Before buying paint use the paint calculator to work out how many litres you need.

Small amounts of non-reusable water based paint can be disposed of by fully drying out your part used tins and disposing in your normal rubbish bin. This should not be done with solvent/oil based paint (those that you need to clean brushes with white spirit/turpentine/solvent based brush cleaner), lead based paint, paint with a hazardous label or any other liquid chemicals.

Large amounts of non-reusable paint will need to be disposed of in a specific way at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. All visits must be pre-booked and are limited to one visit per household per month. For further information and how to book, please visit

Empty paint cans (including spray cans) can be taken to any of Warwickshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Empty metal paint cans can be disposed of in the scrap metal container. Empty plastic cans can be disposed of in the waste to landfill container or put in your general waste kerbside bin.

Keeping left over paint

Ensure the lid is on securely and tightly to stop it drying out; tip the container upside down for a few seconds (this will help stop a skin forming on the paint); store the paint containers in an upright position and away from frost and extreme temperatures as these can damage the paint.

Donate it

Paint suitable for being reused can be donated to the 2nd Chance Furniture Store (full tins of paint only) in Nuneaton. Or reuse networks such as Freegle and Freecycle.