Paints, varnishes and wood stains can contain hazardous chemicals or solvents including heavy metals. Do not pour paint down a drain.
Local community groups, playgroups or charities will often welcome donations of useable paints. Try:
Many DIY superstores will take back unwanted paint, call them to check. If you have many pots they can be classed as hazardous waste - please click here to find out more. Residents can contact re-use venture Recipro who may accept re-usable paint - 08442 253 000 or http://www.recipro-uk.com/.
Some Merseyside Waste and Recycling Centres will accept paint can accept paint. See http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres-hwrcs/ for a full list of centres. They must be contacted to check if they accept paint.
Also Veolia and Crown Paint offer a similar service-see https://www.veolia.co.uk/merseyside-and-halton/about-us/news/recycle-your-old-paint-crown-decorating-centres