Paint & Solvent Recycling

Paint and solvents are classed as hazardous waste and should be disposed of at a licensed recycling centre. W&S Recycling is one of the leading paint and solvent recycling companies across Dorset for all businesses and individuals, with our Kennington Road site licensed to accept this waste.

Recycling any leftover paints and solvents from your car garage, interior design projects, or home renovations will not only clear space for you but is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of the materials, especially as they are hazardous.

If you are looking for paint and solvent disposal services, give us a call at 01202 979010 to learn how we can help.


Paint Recycling Services

W&S Recycling are able to accept all paints for disposal. Whether you have several large pots of paint that you used for a client's interior project, vehicle paints from your garage or car body shop, or have simply finished home renovations and have some leftover paint, you can bring it down to our site for responsible recycling and energy recovery.

Types of paints we accept include:

  • Water-based paints (AKA latex paints)
  • Oil-based paints
  • Acrylic paints


Solvent Disposal Services

Our Kennington Road site is licensed to handle all types of solvent waste from a range of industries, such as painting and interior design, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and cosmetics and cleaning.

As solvents contain substances that are capable of dissolving other substances, their disposal comes with several risks. Therefore, it is imperative that they are disposed of correctly.

Solvents we will accept include:

  • Mineral Spirits (White Spirits)
  • Acetone
  • Turpentine
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)
  • Ethanol
  • Toluene
  • Xylene
  • Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride)
  • Chlorinated Solvents (such as Trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene)


Why Should You Recycle Paints and Solvents?

As these materials are hazardous, there are many benefits to recycling them at our Kennington Road site.

Environmental impact

Many paints and solvents contain toxic chemicals that, if not disposed of properly, can leach into the environment, causing harm to ecosystems, contaminating soil, water sources and air, and posing serious health risks to humans, animals, and the environment. These risks are eliminated when you dispose of them at a licensed recycling centre, as our teams know how to handle them correctly.

Resource Conservation

Recycling paints and solvents allow for the reuse of valuable materials, reducing the need for new resources to be created and sourced.

Recycling these materials often requires less energy than producing them from scratch, contributing to energy conservation.


By recycling paints and solvents, we contribute to a circular economy where materials are reused, reducing the need for landfill space and minimising environmental impact.

Legal and Ethical Responsibility

Proper disposal of hazardous materials like paints and solvents is often mandated by environmental regulations to protect public health and the environment. Our Kennington Road site is fully licensed to accept paints and solvents, and we will help you complete any relevant paperwork needed, ensuring you are fully compliant with legislation surrounding their disposal.

Using a licensed facility, such as W&S, will also mean you are engaging in responsible waste management practices, which reflects a commitment to environmental stewardship and community well-being.

Economic Benefits

Recycling paints and solvents at W&S Recycling’s Kennington site can often be more cost-effective than disposing of them as hazardous waste at a tip.

Process of Disposing of Solvents and Paints With Us

Disposing of paints and solvents is easy at our Kennington facility. When you arrive at our site, head straight to our weighbridge, where we will issue a hazardous waste consignment note for your records, ensuring you are staying compliant while reducing the paperwork you have to complete.

We charge per volume rather than weight for paint and solvent disposal, so once the paperwork is complete, you will be able to head down to the specified waste bays to dispose of your waste.

When bringing in large amounts of paints or solvents, we would recommend that you bring them in IBCs or wrapped up on pallets.

The paints that are tipped at our site are then separated into water-based and solvent-based paints, and the water-based paints are sent for recycling. Any solvent-based paints are sent for energy recovery and all the packaging is recycled.

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Paints and Solvent Disposal FAQs

Liquid paint should never be poured down drains or disposed of in regular household waste. Most paints and solvents can be recycled, therefore, it is worth considering taking leftover paint to a licensed facility.

Our site at Kennington Road, Poole is able to accept your leftover paint.

Empty paint cans that are completely dry can often be disposed of in regular household waste. However, if there's any residual paint, it's best to follow proper disposal methods, such as going to a licensed recycling centre, to ensure compliance with local regulations and environmental safety.

Solvents and thinners are considered hazardous waste and should not be disposed of with general waste or poured down drains. You should dispose of them at specific hazardous waste recycling centres, where you can safely dispose of these materials.

Improper disposal of paints and solvents can lead to environmental contamination, harming ecosystems, water sources, and wildlife. Some paints and solvents contain toxic chemicals that can pose health risks to humans and animals if not disposed of correctly.

Yes, our Kennington Road site is licensed to accept any paint and solvents that are waste from a variety of industries.

To learn more about our paint and solvent recycling services, contact us today at 01202 979010.

Visit Our Paint Recycling Centre

Kennington Road Transfer Station is open Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday mornings from 7:30 am to 12 pm.

Disposing with us is easy and efficient, so you can quickly dispose of your waste paint or solvents and then get on with the rest of your day.

Visit our site at:
1 - 4 Kennington Road
Nuffield Industrial Estate
Poole, Dorset
BH17 0GF

If you would like to learn more about our recycling facilities or disposing of paints and solvents, we are always happy to help. Call our friendly team on 01202 979010.

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