Paint recycling service suspended temporarily

Due to the unprecedented demand for the Paintback service, paint is unable to be accepted at transfer stations at Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Yinnar South until further notice.

The popularity of the service, which allows the community to dispose of surplus paint in an environmentally responsible manner, surged following the end of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, which has resulted in a backlog of uncollected paint.

All of Latrobe City Council’s paint storage facilities are full again, after only being emptied by the Paintback paint recycling initiative three weeks ago. Council’s paint storage capacity amounts to 24 cubic metres across the Moe, Morwell and Traralgon transfer stations.

Latrobe City Council Mayor Cr Sharon Gibson said that as soon as this backlog is cleared sufficiently, the Paintback service will resume.

“We understand that this has caused inconvenience to people who were trying to dispose of their unused paint responsibly and we thank the community for their patience at this time,” she said.

“We understand that people wish to dispose of paint as they clean up around their houses and undertake renovations, particularly with the holidays coming up.

“Council is working with Paintback to return a paint recycling service to the community as soon as possible.”

Paintback is an independent not-for-profit organisation that is funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products, between 1 litre and 20 litres inclusive.

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