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leftover paint

Paint that could be reused can be taken to some of north London's reuse and recycling centres (opens in new window) where it can be recycled. However, at present, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot guarantee that all of it will be reused.

If paint is too old to be reused, there are various ways to dispose of it:

Water-based paint (emulsion)

  • Take it to a north London reuse and recycling centre (RRC)
  • If you live in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Islington or Waltham Forest, use the free City of London Hazardous Waste Service (opens in new window).
  • If you fully dry it out, emulsion can be disposed of in your normal rubbish bin. To dry the paint, take the lid off, add some sand or sawdust and then leave for several weeks.

Oil-based paint (gloss)

  • If you live in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Islington or Waltham Forest, use the free City of London Hazardous Waste Service.
  • Take it to a north London reuse and recycling centre (RRC)