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DIY Painting

Paint contains toxic chemicals, which are harmful to the environment. If paint gets into our waterways it can:
  • Poison fish and plants.
  • Prevent light entering the river or stream, which stops fish finding food and plants getting energy from light.
  • Make water unhealthy for us to drink or swim in.

On this page you’ll find tips on how to handle paint waste. These tips are only suitable for DIY painters using water based paints. If you are a professional painter click here

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Top Tips
  1. Washing Brushes:
    Two Bucket Method Paint brushes should never be washed in the roadside or over an outside drain, because the polluted wash water will end up untreated in your nearest waterway via the stormwater network. Brushes can be washed over the grass (it’s a natural filter), or using the “2 bucket method” shown right.

  2. Left over paint:
    Small amount of waste paints can be left to dry by removing the lid in an area away from children or animals. When the paint is completely dry, the paint and container can then be disposed of in your general rubbish. For larger amounts of left over paint, Dulux and Resene offer a paint take back scheme where you can drop off your unwanted paint and know that it will be taken care of correctly. To find out more, contact your nearest store, or check out these websites:


  3. Save water:
    Save unnecessary washing by wrapping your paint brush or roller in cling wrap or a plastic bag. This will prevent the paint drying on the brush for at least an hour – ideal for lunch breaks. To save you cleaning paint brushes and rollers whenever work is interrupted (eg overnight), put paint brushes and rollers in a container of water. A plastic pail with a tight fitting lid is ideal when moving from one work site to another.