It's been a year since the launch of Paintback, Australia's first national scheme that allows households and trade painters to responsibly dispose of unwanted paint and packaging. How has the scheme fared?
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Paintback has released its report - First Coat - this month and chairman Jim Liaskos said in the last 12 months, the scheme has established 47 collection sites across the country, spanning all states and territories. These sites are located within 20km of 60% of the population.

Three mobile collection events have been held in WA, collecting more than 36,000kg and to date, the scheme has collected more than one million kilograms of waste paint and packaging across Australia.

By volume, Paintback covers more than 95% of architectural and decorative paint in Australia.

"The financial position of Paintback remains solid. It has sufficient funds to maintain the rapidly growing collection and processing network, the public education and awareness campaigns and to create a significant research and development program," Liaskos added.

Looking ahead, Paintback aims to divert more than 45 million kilograms of unwanted paint and packaging from landfills by 2021.

It said that over the next two to three years, the scheme will continue to establish permanent collection sites across the country, providing service to within 20km of 85% of the population and 40km in regional areas.

In regions that do not have the infrastructure to support permanent sites, Paintback will run mobile collection events.

Paintback is also investing in research to identify technologies that can better capture resources from waste paint and its aim is to recover 90% by volume of all unwanted materials collected.