Are you a painter or decorator? How our waste disposal services work for you

As a painter or decorator, whether you predominantly work for commercial or residential clients, you are likely to create a fair amount of waste. As the contractor, it is your legal responsibility to remove the waste from the site once the job is complete.

With this in mind, we thought it would be useful to let you know how our waste disposal services can help you, what you can and can’t tip with us and other options you may want to consider.

Paint disposal

Firstly, it’s important to know that most paints are actually hazardous and therefore shouldn’t be disposed of with your general waste. This also counts for any containers with paint leftover and brushes and rollers with paint on.

We recommend that you keep water based paint separate from other paints as these can be disposed of with the general waste and is classed and charged differently as it’s not corrosive or flammable.

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How much will it cost to dispose of paint?


You can see our full tipping price list here which includes prices for paint disposal, there are different prices for the following:

  • Empty (clean) paint tins (priced per item)
  • Water based paint (min. charge 10kg/ltr)
  • Flammable / corrosive paint (min. charge 5kg/ltr)

Take into consideration, you may also need a hazardous waste consignment note, depending on the paint type, CRL charges a maximum of £50 for the completion and admin of this paperwork.

For more information on what permits and licenses you need, read one of our previous blog posts here.

Plasterboard disposal

Due to legislation, plasterboard must be disposed of separately to general waste. However it is not hazardous so it doesn’t require a hazardous consignment note and can therefore be disposed of at either of our recycling centres in both small and large loads.

How much will it cost to dispose of plasterboard?

There is a minimum load of 0.25 for plasterboard disposal with a minimum charge. View the tipping price list for exact costs.

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General waste disposal

As well as your plasterboard and paint, as a painter and decorator, you may also produce general waste which will need to be disposed of in a legal and compliant manner. General waste you may need to dispose of will likely include:

  • Wallpaper
  • Clean paint trays or tins
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Dust sheets
  • Carpet

How much will it cost to dispose of my general waste?

At Commercial Recycling, we accept this waste stream at both our recycling centres. The cost per tonne is £170.00, with a minimum charge of £42.50 and a minimum load of 0.25.

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Waste disposal options

Drop off at a recycling centre

Commercial Recycling has 2 main sites suitable for this kind of waste:

  • Canford Recycling Centre nr Wimborne – This is a fully licensed disposal facility for businesses, tradesmen and members of the public. It is open Mon-Fri 7am to 5:30pm & Saturday mornings. If you are disposing of general waste you can just turn up but for hazardous waste, we would suggest you book a slot. Give us a call on 01202 331560.
  • Southwood Recycling Centre in Somerset – Southwood Recycling Centre is fully licenced to accept and process the majority of commonly produced commercial waste streams, with the exception of hazardous waste. It’s open Mon-Fri, give us a call on 01749 830889.

Have it collected

Depending on the volume of waste that you produce, you may not want to always visit a recycling centre and instead you may price the waste management in with the job and have it collected directly from the worksite or property.

We work closely with Avon Material Supplies who supply these services. There are a few options for this:

  • Man and van waste collection service – our fully licensed Man & Van waste collection service is available throughout Dorset, west Hampshire, south Somerset and south Wiltshire and are able to clear up to 1 tonne of waste in a single trip.
  • Skip bags – perfect for small waste clearances and collected once you’ve finished. We also have specific plasterboard skip bags too!
  • Skip hire – ideal for those larger jobs, AMS can supply 4, 6, 8 and 12 yard skips.
  • Roro containers – a solution for those big waste clearances, think of it as a large skip, available in 15 – 40 yards.
  • Grab lorries and tipper truck hire – these vehicles are also available, but are generally more commonly used only for large construction projects.  

Contact us for waste disposal

Hopefully this article has given you some insight into what you need to know about disposing waste as a painter or decorator. If you have any more questions about what you can and can’t dispose of, give our team a call on 01202 331560.

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