Community RePaint is a UK wide network of schemes that collect unwanted surplus and leftover paint, diverting it from the waste stream and redistributing it to individuals, families and communities in social need. The network, managed by Resource Futures, has been sponsored by AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK, since 1993. There is an estimated 50 million litres of paint which remain unused annually. As managers of the network, Resource Futures offers support to community projects, local authorities and waste management companies. The project celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013 and has its own dedicated website http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk.
We have worked with Resource Futures for many years to manage the Community RePaint network. The advice and assistance that they offer each scheme on a day to day basis has been essential to its success and has led to a stronger network reusing more paint in the community. Our aim is to continue to grow this success and by sharing experiences, research and knowledge of both the social sector and waste management arena Resource Futures have collaboratively worked with us to develop a strategy to do this. We look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship into the future.Paul Murgett, Senior Sustainability Lead
Community RePaint aims to achieve environmental benefits through diverting paint from landfill, as well as providing social and economic benefits for stakeholders. The focus of the network is on continual growth to tackle the estimated 50 million litres of paint which remain unused annually. As well as working to grow the number of schemes within the network, specifically improving upon the geographical spread, each scheme is supported to develop their operations so optimal amounts of paint can be accepted.
To further support the Network in targetting the huge amounts of re-usable paint going to waste, Community RePaint have worked with AkzoNobel and Newlife Paints Ltd to develop the UK’s first paint remanufacturing hub for social re-use. The hub was launched in December 2015 at Community RePaint Cambridgeshire, hosted by Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) in March. The process enables leftover and surplus or end of line paint to be collected and then remanufactured into new containers, with certain additions to ensure its longevity and quality.
It is estimated that the new hub will allow for an additional 60,000 litres of paint to be processed and distributed in its first year. Looking to the future, the Community RePaint Network is exploring options for a 2nd remanufacturing hub which will be launched in 2016.
Community RePaint offers expert advice and practical support to existing schemes, as well as to local authorities and organisations across the UK wanting to set up a paint reuse scheme. It also brokers national deals with paint manufacturers and DIY retailers, and develops partnerships with national organisations whose members need paint, reducing the cost of waste paint disposal and maximising the social, economic and environmental benefits from paint reuse. Community RePaint also responds to proposed legislation, carries out marketing and communications, submits funding bids and campaigns on behalf of the schemes. As well as sponsoring the network, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK promotes Community RePaint by including information about the programme on its colour cards, on point of sale material in DIY stores and on the back of Dulux branded paint containers.
In 2014, the network received over 446,000 litres of leftover, unwanted paint from householders, traders and paint manufacturers. Through the network over 300,000 litres of paint were distributed to 3,382 community groups and charities and over 34,000 individuals in need. These results show an increase on 2013 figures and with the number of schemes continuing to grow, should rise again in 2015.
Communities across the UK benefit as a result of homes, community centres, schools and other public access buildings being renovated with low cost paint. Community RePaint supports councils and waste management companies by diverting reusable paint from the waste stream, which can be a cost benefit, and benefits the community by reducing costs for those receiving paint. It provides a source of income for the organisations running the schemes and provides a low cost route through which traders, DIY retailers and paint manufacturers can dispose of their leftover reusable paint. Significantly, Community RePaint also demonstrates the market for a wider diversity of reused products.