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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 environment.

The Resene Foundation (a non-profit charitable trust), manages the programme. Councils including Bay of Plenty Regional Council support the programme.

For more information about the Paintwise Programme, visit

What paint products are accepted?

All brands of unwanted paint, paint containers and lids are accepted.

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.