What is the Resene PaintWise programme?
Resene PaintWise is a paint recovery programme. It provides New
Zealanders with an easy way to return unwanted paint and paint
containers so they can be re-used, reducing harmful effects on the
Paintwise started on 1 September 2005. It is undertaken by
Resene Paints as a Product Stewardship, or Producer Responsibility
initiative. It is hoped to enlist other paint producers into the
The Resene Foundation (a non-profit charitable trust), manages
the programme. Councils including Bay of Plenty Regional
Council support the programme.
Where can paint and paint packaging be
In the Bay of Plenty, unwanted paint and paint containers can be
dropped off at the Resene ColorShop, 47 Waihi Road, Tauranga,
telephone (07) 578 4169.
There are also collection points at designated Resene ColorShop
stores in Hamilton and the Auckland region. The service will be
extended to include other stores.
What paint products are accepted?
All brands of unwanted paint, paint containers and lids are
There is a charge for non-Resene products. A small levy is
included in the price of Resene paints when these are purchased.
Trade customers do not pay the PaintWise levy and have to pay the
recovery fee if they bring in unwanted paint or containers. This is
consistent with the polluter pays principle.
Not accepted are paint thinners, solvents, aerosols or other
materials. Contact your local council for disposal options.
What happens to the paint products?
Good quality paint is redirected to community groups, and other
uses are being looked into. Where reuse is not possible, the paints
are stabilised and safely landfilled. Containers are recycled where
possible. To register an interest in receiving free Resene
Community Paint go to
and fill in an application form.
For more information
For more information on the Paintwise Programme go to: www.resene.co.nz/paintwise.htm
or contact your local Resene ColorShop for a copy of the PaintWise
For more about Resene Environmental Choice Paints go to www.resene.co.nz/comn/envissue/howgreen.htm.