Recovery of empty containers through municipal drop-off points as ecocentres requires less transport, reduces the steps before their recycling limiting greenhouse gas emissions. This is why you should always prefer curbside recycling option or a municipal drop-off point before visiting a retailer.
Thanks to the involvement of its partners and citizens, more than 60 million kilograms of leftover paint and paint containers have been recovered by Éco-Peinture since the beginning of the program.
In Quebec, about 15 million paint containers are used every year. Once recycled, containers made of steel can be used to manufacture bicycles, hammers, fire hydrants and much more. Plastic containers can be used to manufacture benches and picnic tables.
Every year, over 6 million kilograms of leftover paint and containers are recovered in Quebec through the network that Éco-Peinture has built over the years.
Since the ‘80s, research and industry programs have helped change the composition of paint by increasing the quality and reducing its toxicity. Although they are less damaging for the environment, paint residues are classified as household hazardous waste (HHW).
Did you know that in 2013, nearly 1.3 million kilograms of empty paint containers were recycled through the Éco-Peinture program?