Resene PaintWise

This page has information on the Resene Paintwise scheme, an accredited voluntary product stewardship scheme, which recycles paint and paint packaging.

About the scheme

Accredited: 13 April 2011 for 7 years

Under the Resene PaintWise scheme, people can drop off their unwanted paint and paint packaging at one of over 60 designated drop off centres in New Zealand. Resene PaintWise accepts all brands of paint and paint packaging and finds alternative uses for them. These include donating good quality paint to community group projects, using waste paint for EchoPaint (used to cover graffiti), replacing virgin material in ‘PaintCrete’ and ‘GlassCrete, and recycling paint packaging appropriately.

The scheme includes waste reduction education that encourages customers to purchase paint responsibly. Resene PaintWise operating costs are met through fees paid on every litre of Resene paint sold and fees paid by customers disposing of non-Resene paint. Resene Paints Limited meets any shortfall between operating costs and fee revenue.


  Scheme scope

Scheme manager

Paint and paint

New Zealand-wide.


Covers paint and paint packaging returned to Resene stores.


Any brand accepted.

3R Group Ltd.

The scheme’s progress

In 2014-15, the scheme diverted over 700,000 kilograms of paint and its packaging from landfill. This represented a 23 per cent increase on the previous year and continued a strong upward trend of paint and packaging recovery.

In 2015, there were 61 Resene stores taking part in the scheme.

Find out more

See Paintwise scheme [Resene Paints website]

It includes how community groups can apply for free paint, a list of locations to drop off paint, and information on waste reduction education.