Our Ambitions

Liquid paint has been banned from landfill for several years. However, in many parts of the country it is still recommended to solidify and landfill perfectly good paint which could be reused or remanufactured. By creating a national solution to reuse and remanufacture paint, we will make better use of decorative paint that householders no longer want. The graphic to the right provides a snapshot of our project targets.

To access our full action plan click here.

Our ambitions are specifically to:

bulletStop the landfilling of over 20 million litres of leftover decorative paint per year

bulletIncrease the reuse and remanufacturing of leftover decorative paint from 2% to 50%

bulletWork with local and national government, paint manufacturers, retailers, the waste industry and other stakeholders

bulletRemove legislative barriers

bulletHelp find new markets for remanufactured paint products

bulletFacilitate a national network of paint collection and remanufacturing centres, bringing new job opportunities

bulletMaximise the use of valuable raw materials and resources


The Future of PaintCare

In October 2020, the BCF published our Sustainable strokes document which outlines the coatings industry’s responsibility commitment to the environment and the progress we have made in the last few years.

As an industry, we are currently discussing a potential national voluntary industry led scheme, including a consumer eco fee, which will generate sufficient funds to substantially change the waste profile of leftover paint, and create a vibrant re-use, recycling and remanufacturing solution.

To find out more BCF’s environmental commitments for the coatings industry and our initiatives, go to our Sustainable Strokes page here.


Is your organisation committed to our ambitions? Email amy.white[at]bcf.co.uk to sign-up for the PaintCare voluntary commitment and be recognised on the ‘our partners’ page of our website. You’ll also receive a PaintCare voluntary commitment certificate, be promoted in our marketing materials as a PaintCare partner and be granted use of our PaintCare partner logo.