Australian paint stewardship turns one

May 2017 marked one year of take back operations for the Australian paint stewardship program Paintback, during which they recycled more than 1,000,000 kilograms of paint.

Paintback established 47 collection sites in every state and territory, and located within 20km of 60% of the Australian population. Paintback is "funded through a 15 cents plus GST per litre levy on eligible products, between 1 litre and 20 litres inclusive," which goes to Paintback Ltd, an independent, not-for-profit organization. Its governing rules "ensure that these funds are used to establish and operate the collection program and research new ways to repurpose unwanted paint materials."