Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Station top collection point in Australia for unwanted paint

 27 July 2018

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Monash Council’s Waste Transfer and Recycling Station collected the most paint in Australia for recycling as part of a nationwide program backed by paint manufacturers.

It’s the second year in a row that Monash Council has topped the list for paint collection under the industry-led Paintback scheme, where a levy of 15 cents is added to the price of paints to pay for the recycling program.

In 2017/18, the transfer station in Notting Hill collected 345,590 kg of paint and 285,388 kg in 2016/17.  In the last financial year (2017/18) there were 86,793 customers who used the transfer station.

Monash Council was the first Council in Victoria to sign up for Paintback in 2016, which is at no cost to people to dispose of their unwanted paint products.

Mayor Paul Klisaris said he couldn’t be prouder of the community’s use of the Paintback scheme to keep paint and its packaging out of landfill.

“The takeup of this program proves that our transfer station is a well-utilised community resource and that people want to do everything possible to send as little as possible to landfill and reuse and recycle wherever possible,” Cr Klisaris said.

“This is a great initiative led by the paint industry and shows leadership in responsible disposal and innovative reuse of its products.”

Under the program the paint packaging and waste liquid are separated and the containers recycled. The waste paint is treated in a number of ways including energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint.  The industry is also funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint.

“The City of Monash was an early adopter of the Paintback scheme and welcomed trade painters with open arms. It goes to show you what a positive attitude, with shared-responsibility can achieve,” Paintback Chief Executive Karen Gomez said.

For more information on the Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Station phone 9518 3767 or 9518 3555 or go to monash.vic.gov.au/Services/Rubbish-Recycling

Media Contact: Emily Webb 0466 026 560 or email Emily.Webb@monash.vic.gov.au

 

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