Paint contains composite substances; thus, it tops the list of items that you cannot put in a skip. It is worth noting that skips hold massive items of different chemical composition.

Since paint is hazardous, you cannot combine it with other waste items in a skip or even dispose of using other traditional waste disposal means.

Therefore, you cannot put paint in a skip because it is hazardous. Instead, you should consider other disposal methods.

What should you do with your waste paint?

Many people do not dispose of their paint at all. Instead, they store paint cans in a loft or shed, anticipating that they might need them in the future. However, many of these cans can never be used again.

If you have a paint can that you no longer need, keeping it in a store can lead to a huge waste accumulation, eating up the space you could have used to store other valuable items. Consider giving it to a recycling company that's licenced to handle hazardous materials, where it can be properly decontaminated and recycled.

The following are some of the skip's alternatives that you can use to dispose of your paint:

  • Disposing of paint cans through re-paint schemes: Since you cannot put paint cans in skips for removal, you can consider donating them to a local re-paint scheme, who will take the leftover paints to help you prevent waste paint build-ups that might see you throwing it away together with other rubbish, and gather all the paint cans donated by members when they no longer need them and redistribute them to families, communities, individuals, and charity organizations.
  • Solidification: While you may want to donate your paint to charity, it is not obvious that you will find someone in need of them. Besides, it is both time-consuming and uneconomical to hang around looking for a community re-paint scheme to take your one paint can. The best thing is to dry the little amount of paint and dispose it of normally.
  • Give your wall one last coat: The small amount of paint you want to dispose of can give your walls an excellent outlook. Instead of thinking about the best skip alternative for paint disposal, finish the paint yourself.
  • Pass the paint on as a gift: If your walls don't need further painting, gifting the paint to someone in need can minimize both wastage and rubbish accumulation in the house. If you still have some paint remaining after you complete your project, ask your neighbours, friends, or relatives if they plan to redecorate their homes and if they do, give them what you have.

Do you know how much paint we waste?

The UK population wastes at least 42 million litres of paint. Fortunately, most of this paint is collected by recycling centres and redistributed to households for reuse.

Paint is an environmental hazard; thus, do not put it in skips. However, it cannot be classified under waste unless it is dry to the extent of being useless. Instead of throwing it away, give it out for recycling.

When you're finishing using that skip, come back and read our article WHAT A WASTE 2.5 - England which takes a deeper dive into waste managed in the UK.