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How to recycle paint and paint containers

Due to Government regulations there are limits on how much recycled paint can be held in any location at one time, which means from time to time a store may not be able to accept your returns immediately and may ask you to return them at another time.

More than six litres of household paint is sold each year for each and every person here. That's a lot of paint particularly as much of it is left sitting in paint containers and ends up in landfills. There are lots of ways you can reduce this burden on the environment... here's some ideas to get you started:

Resene donates recycled paint, known as Resene EchoPaint, to community groups for their activities. If you’re part of a community group that needs paint, click here to find out more and apply.

Be PaintWise!

Bring unwanted paint and paint containers into your local Resene ColorShop and let us recycle or dispose of them responsibly. Resene will offer good quality Resene paint to community groups for reuse, recycle packaging materials that are recyclable, send solventborne paints to solvent recovery, find alternative uses for waterborne paints, such as graffiti abatement, and dispose of the rest for you.

Selected Resene ColorShops have been designated as Resene PaintWise Collection Centres. Drop off your unwanted paint and paint containers to any of these designated Resene ColorShops at any time during their opening hours.

You are welcome to bring back any brand of decorative paint. A small charge applies to non-Resene branded product to help offset the costs of the PaintWise programme. Find out more about the PaintWise levy.

View Resene PaintWise acceptance list

We can only accept items listed on the PaintWise acceptance list. We do not recycle paper, cardboard, batteries or any other general recycling – contact your local Council for assistance with recycling other items. Due to Government regulations there are limits on how much recycled paint can be held in any location at one time, which means from time to time a store may not be able to accept your returns immediately and may ask you to return them at another time.

Note: Resene PaintWise collection centres are at select Resene ColorShops, Resellers or Resene Industrial/Trade

Resene Automotive and Light Industrial also provides a paint and paint recycling programme. Find Resene Automotive and Light Industrial stores that accept product returns.

 
Resene ColorShops
Kerikeri:
Kerikeri Resene ColorShop
7 Homestead Road,
Kerikeri
Ph: (09) 901 6000 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Whangarei:
Whangarei Resene ColorShop
22 Reyburn Street,
Whangarei
Ph: (09) 430 2199 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene ColorShops
Albany
(North Shore):
Auckland Resene ColorShop
9/2 Tawa Drive, Cnr Tawa Drive and Rosedale Road,
Albany,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 414 6500 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Botany Downs:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
Unit 5, The Hub, 451 Ti Rakau Drive,
Botany Downs,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 272 5100 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-3pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Henderson:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
30 Paramount Drive,
Henderson,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 836 2366 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Lunn Ave:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
108 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington,
Lunn Ave,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 570 4235 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Mairangi Bay
(North Shore):
Auckland Resene ColorShop
25 Constellation Drive,
Mairangi Bay,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 476 3957 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Manukau:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
2 Sharkey Street,
Manukau,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 262 1705 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Mt Eden:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
126 Valley Road,
Mt Eden,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 623 3950 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-3pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Mt Roskill:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
6F Carr Road,
Mt Roskill,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 620 5714 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
New Lynn:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
24 Clark Street,
New Lynn,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 827 6877 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Newmarket:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
14 Teed Street, Cnr Crowhurst and Teed Streets,
Newmarket,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 529 4760 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Onehunga:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
56 Princes Street,
Onehunga,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 636 4105 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Orakei:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
176 Kepa Road,
Orakei,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 528 2519 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Pukekohe:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
54 Seddon Street,
Pukekohe,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 237 1022 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Silverdale:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
2200 East Coast Road,
Silverdale,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 427 9560 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Takanini:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
226-228 Great South Road,
Takanini,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 296 1959 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 8am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Wairau Park
(North Shore):
Auckland Resene ColorShop
8 Croftfield Lane,
Wairau Park,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 444 4387 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 9am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Warkworth:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
50 Morrison Drive,
Warkworth,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 422 2150 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Westgate:
Auckland Resene ColorShop
15A Kakano Road,
Westgate,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 416 0530 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene Industrial/Trade
Mt Wellington:
Resene Industrial/Trade
4 Te Apunga Place,
Mt Wellington,  Auckland
Ph: (09) 259 2718 email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-4.30pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene ColorShops
Cambridge:
Cambridge Resene ColorShop
20 Lake Street,
Cambridge
Ph: (07) 823 0170 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Hamilton:
Hamilton Resene ColorShop
24 Knox Street, Cnr Anglesea, Hood and Knox Streets,
Hamilton
Ph: (07) 839 9975 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-4pm; Sun 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Matamata:
Matamata Resene ColorShop
69 Firth Street,
Matamata
Ph: (07) 888 4884 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Mt Maunganui:
Mt Maunganui Resene ColorShop
91 Newton Street,
Mt Maunganui
Ph: (07) 572 0044 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Rotorua:
Rotorua Resene ColorShop
10-12 Old Taupo Road,
Rotorua
Ph: (07) 348 1883 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Taupo:
Taupo Resene ColorShop
56 Spa Road,
Taupo
Ph: (07) 378 1500 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Tauranga:
Tauranga Resene ColorShop
47 Waihi Road,
Tauranga
Ph: (07) 578 4169 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 8.30am-4pm; Sun 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Te Awamutu:
Te Awamutu Resene ColorShop
Unit 1, Cnr Albert Park Drive and Cambridge Road,
Te Awamutu
Ph: (07) 871 7020 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Te Rapa:
Te Rapa Resene ColorShop
593 Te Rapa Road,
Te Rapa
Ph: (07) 850 5472 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-3pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene ColorShops
Gisborne:
Gisborne Resene ColorShop
350 Childers Road,
Gisborne
Ph: (06) 654 0100 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-3:30pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Hastings:
Hastings Resene ColorShop
106 Southland Road, Cnr Southland Road and Eastbourne Street,
Hastings
Ph: (06) 878 4070 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Napier:
Napier Resene ColorShop
116 Taradale Road,
Napier
Ph: (06) 843 1710 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resellers
Gisborne:
291 Palmerston Road,
Gisborne
Ph: (06) 868 4656
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene ColorShops
Feilding:
Feilding Resene ColorShop
109 Kimbolton Road,
Feilding
Ph: (06) 323 8450 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
New Plymouth:
New Plymouth Resene ColorShop
132 Molesworth Street,
New Plymouth
Ph: (06) 759 8100 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Palmerston North:
Palmerston North Resene ColorShop
217 Main Street,
Palmerston North
Ph: (06) 357 3052 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 9am-3pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Whanganui:
Whanganui Resene ColorShop
17 Wilson Street, Cnr Wilson and Ridgway Streets,
Whanganui
Ph: (06) 348 0048 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Resene ColorShops
Basin Reserve:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
74 Cambridge Terrace,
Basin Reserve,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 801 6219 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Johnsonville:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
1/3 Moorefield Road, Cnr Helston and Moorefield Roads,
Johnsonville,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 478 4354 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Kapiti:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
112 Kapiti Road,
Kapiti,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 296 1060 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Kilbirnie:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
22 Tacy Street, Cnr Kemp and Tacy Streets,
Kilbirnie,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 387 2916 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-3pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Levin:
Levin Resene ColorShop
94 Cambridge Street,
Levin
Ph: (06) 368 4484 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-12pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Lower Hutt:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
465 High Street,
Lower Hutt,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 570 0683 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Masterton:
Masterton Resene ColorShop
286 Queen Street, Cnr Queen and Renall Streets,
Masterton
Ph: (06) 377 2542 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-2pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Naenae:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
32 Vogel Street, Cnr Naenae Road and Vogel Street,
Naenae,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 577 8155 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-4.30pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Thorndon:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
77 Thorndon Quay,
Thorndon,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 471 1112 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-4pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours
Upper Hutt:
Wellington Resene ColorShop
1036 Fergusson Drive, Cnr Fergusson Drive and Montgomery Crescent,
Upper Hutt,  Wellington
Ph: (04) 526 4946 View map email
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat 9am-4pm; Sun 9am-1pm; Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours

Resene PaintWise Collection Centres

Due to safety requirements, paint and paint containers will only be accepted at these Resene ColorShops during normal store hours. Sorry, paint and packaging returns cannot be accepted by any other Resene ColorShops.

When dropping off paint and paint containers:

We cannot accept: Aerosols or any other materials - contact your local council for recommended disposal. We can only accept automotive and marine paints made or sold by Resene Group companies.

Sorry, we don't accept waste water. Returned packs of paint must contain what it says on the container. For wash water use the Resene WashWise process or our recommendations on how to clean brushes and rollers. 

Resene Automotive and Light Industrial also provides a paint and paint recycling programme in their stores.

Products made or sold by Resene Automotive and Light Industrial can be returned to any Resene Automotive and Light Industrial store. Please note acceptance criteria differs from the Resene ColorShop PaintWise service. See your Resene Automotive and Light Industrial store for details.

The stores that can accept Resene Automotive and Light Industrial product returns are:

North Island View website
Whangarei: 27 Reyburn Street, Whangarei Ph: (09) 259 2738
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Auckland: 4 Te Apunga Place, Mt Wellington, Auckland Ph: (09) 438 8629
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Hamilton: 593 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton Ph: (07) 849 7798
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Tauranga: 47 Waihi Road, Judea, Tauranga Ph: (07) 574 0331
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Rotorua: 10-12 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua Ph: (07) 349 3507
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Napier: 75 Austin Street, Onekawa, Napier Ph: (06) 843 2914
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
New Plymouth: 18d Smart Road, New Plymouth Ph: (06) 759 8422
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-5:00pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Palmerston North: 217 Main Street, Palmerston North Ph: (06) 354 6201
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Wellington: 7 Horlor Street, Naenae, Wellington Ph: (04) 577 8108
Open: Mon-Fri 8.00am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
South Island View website
Nelson: 12 Natalie Street, Nelson Ph: (03) 548 3680
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Christchurch: 234-236 Lichfield Street, Christchurch Ph: (03) 365 6989
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Timaru: 54 Stafford Street, Timaru Ph: (03) 684 7185
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.
Dunedin: 20 McBride Street, Dunedin Ph: (03) 455 1865
Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4:30pm. Opening hours may differ during holiday periods and on public holidays - please check with the store for opening hours.

The Resene PaintWise programme

The Resene PaintWise programme is managed by the Resene Foundation, a trust underwritten by Resene. The ongoing service is funded by Resene, a PaintWise levy of 25c per litre on purchases on Resene paints and a levy on returns of non-Resene branded paint $5/pack (4L and under), $10/pack (over 4L).

The PaintWise service has already received back over six million paint containers and recycled over 500,000 kilograms of steel. Over 500,000 litres of solventborne paint has been sent to solvent recovery and over 250,000 litres of paint has been donated to cover graffiti and other community projects. Thousands of containers of unwanted paint and packaging are received every month and many litres of paint are donated to cover graffiti and other community projects.

Resene pails are collected through the Resene PaintWise process and made into 100% recycled pails. This recycled material gives the pail a unique look and colour variation, as much of the material being reused has been previously printed and coloured.

This is the first commercial paint pail launched in New Zealand that truly 'closes the loop' as it uses recycled plastic to form a new pail. The old plastic pails go through a custom made recycling process to clean and chip the plastic before melting and forming into new pails.

Product stewardship scheme

The Resene Foundation's PaintWise product stewardship scheme was first accredited by the Ministry for the Environment under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 in August 2011 and was reaccredited in 2021.  view certificate

The Minister for the Environment Nick Smith announced the accreditation of Resene's PaintWise paint and packaging recycling programme in 2011, the first accreditation for a paint recycling programme and only the sixth product stewardship scheme he has accredited… more

Resene PaintWise paint and can recycling service
What goes in must come out

Resene PaintWise paint and can recycling service
Empty pails awaiting recycling

Resene PaintWise paint and can recycling service
EchoPaint - 100% recycled paint provided free to community groups and councils

Grafitti on Mangere Bridge is painted out
Grafitti on Mangere Bridge is painted out

PaintWise Community Paint - Just one of the many projects helped with Resene PaintWise EchoPaint donations.

Use leftover paint to create a colourful fence
Use leftover paint to create a colourful fence or recycled tyres for a garden feature

Do as the Stand up for Children team did and make the most of your leftovers by painting a colourful fence or recycled tyres for a garden feature.


Remember when you come in, also bring any unwanted old and foreign coins with you for the Heads Up for Kids campaign, which helps kiwi kids through Lions Clubs nationwide.

And bring in any unwanted mobile phones for the RE:MOBILE programme to help Sustainable Coastlines.

 
 
 

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