24 Jan 2011

Placemakers dumps paint recycling scheme

7:22 am on 24 January 2011

One of the country's biggest hardware chains is scrapping its paint recycling scheme, blaming in part the abuse of the system by the public.

The Placemakers scheme was launched three years ago to collect old paints for recycling and resale.

But the company says paint recycling bins have been used to dump all sorts of toxic waste, creating significant costs and a hazard for staff.

It says it was also difficult to sell recycled paint, either because of the price or fears about its quality.

The Community Recyling Network says Placemakers did not have the necessary support of paint suppliers, consumers or the Government.

It warns people are increasingly stockpiling old paint tins because there are so few places to dispose of them.