Most often, the highest quality of latex paint is sorted out and turned back into recycled paint that can be used.
Recycled paint is environmentally preferable to new paint, while still maintaining comparable quality.
In many cases, reusable paints of the same colour are pumped into a tank where the material is mixed and tested. The paint is adjusted with additives and colourants as necessary. Finally, the paint is fine filtered and packaged for sale.
Paint that cannot be reused has other environmentally friendly uses. Non-reusable paint can be made into a product used in cement manufacturing, thereby recycling virtually 100 per cent of the original paint.
Domestic quantities (up to 30 litres) of paint and paint tins can be dropped off for free at the Geelong Resource Recovery Centre or Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre.