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Paints and Oils Collection

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Unwanted liquid paints and other treatment products, such as wood stains and decorative and preservative coatings, must be treated as hazardous waste during their disposal.

SafeGroup provides a quick and professional paint and waste oil collection service, ensuring all hazardous liquid wastes are packed, transported and treated safely and compliantly.

Paint and oil removal from SafeGroup

SafeGroup is licensed to collect and transport all hazardous paint products in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005).

We are also experienced in the safe and sustainable removal and disposal of a range of oils, including engine oil and process oils, such as mineral oils, which are used in a wide range of manufacturing processes.

SafeGroup paint disposal service – benefits

  • Fast, safe and reliable service from a licensed waste operator
  • Guaranteed collection date and time
  • All hazardous waste classified, carefully packed and segregated before removal
  • All sizes of paint tins and containers catered for, whether full, partially-filled or empty
  • Operatives trained to handle and transport hazardous waste
  • Consignment notes provided and uploaded quickly after collection
  • Specialist packaging and over-labelling
  • Waste hierarchy followed so you can demonstrate your waste procedures are as sustainable as possible

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Paint and oil disposal – who we work with

Our hazardous waste collection teams provide a paint disposal service and oil disposal service across the UK, operating from depots in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Livingstone, Scotland.

SafeGroup paint disposal customers SafeGroup oil disposal customers
Painting contractors Garages
Shop fitters Transport companies
Office refurbishment firms Vehicle sales companies
Facilities maintenance providers Cosmetics companies
Paint manufacturers Manufacturers
Paint  retailers Heating specialists
Paint wholesalers Furniture makers
Householders

How to dispose of paint – commercial

Businesses that need to dispose of large quantities of paint and related products must use waste carrier licensed to transport hazardous waste, such as SafeGroup.

We will ensure your waste is processed in the appropriate waste stream according to the waste hierarchy.

These rules apply to all paints, including emulsions. Although emulsion paints contain fewer volatile organic compounds than gloss paints and solvents, they will still harm the environment so are still designated as hazardous waste.

Unused paints and paint cleaning products should not be put in general skills. This would be considered illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

Any unsafe and unregulated disposal of paints and oils can result in a prosecution by the Environment Agency. Courts have the powers to impose unlimited fines and imprisonment of up to five years.

How to dispose of paint – households

Paint and its by-products can be toxic to humans and animals and can damage the wider environment. Therefore, they should never be disposed of in general waste or poured down sinks or drains.

Households may be able to dispose of liquid paints, paint tins, and paint treatment products at local authority recycling centres.

Some councils require paints to be made solid (hardened), by being mixed with an absorbent material, such as sawdust, soil or cat litter, before being taken to the recycling centre.

It may be possible to place paint tins that are completely free of paint in recycling bins, either for roadside collection or at recycling centres.

We recommend householders should check with their local council about rules in place in their areas.

Call us about paint and oil disposal

If you need to dispose of paints, paint by-products, or oils, contact SafeGroup and we will ensure it is carried out safely, legally and sustainably. We would be happy to answer any questions about our service. Call: 0800 668 1268.

SafeGroup provides a fast and professional paint and waste oil collection service, ensuring all hazardous liquid wastes are packed, transported and treated safely and compliantly

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New customer? Here’s how it works

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Step 1 - Get in touch

If it's an emergency service you require, please contact us on 0800 668 1268 so that we can react as quickly as possible. For planned services you can contact us via the phone, our live chat facility or by completing the online form.

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Step 2 - Information gathering

In order to provide you with an estimate or quote, we will need to gather information from you first. We sometimes request pictures which can be emailed through to our team. In some instances, we may conduct a site visit and survey, this can be arranged at a time that's convenient for you.

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Step 3 - Estimate or quote

We provide you with a formal estimate or quote for the scope of works required. Once signed and confirmed, the job is scheduled and our operational team is fully briefed, ready to go!

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Step 4 - Service delivered/completed

Our team arrives on site to carry out the scope of work. Relevant paperwork (and sometimes certificates) are provided for your records. This is to confirm the job has been completed to the highest standard.

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