Community RePaint is a UK wide network of schemes that collect reusable, 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 celebrates its 25 year Anniversary in 2018 and has its own dedicated website 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 targeting the huge amounts of reusable paint going to waste, Community RePaint have worked with AkzoNobel and Newlife Paints Ltd to develop the UK’s first paint remanufacturing hubs for social re-use. The first hub was launched in December 2015 at Community RePaint Cambridgeshire, hosted by Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) in March, Cambridgeshire. The second hub was launched in September 2016 at Community RePaint Wirral, hosted by Recipro-UK in Wallasey. The process enables leftover paint to be collected and then remanufactured and put into new containers, with certain additions to ensure its longevity and quality.
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, and submits funding bids and campaigns on behalf of the schemes.
In 2017, the network received over 432,000 litres of leftover paint from householders, traders and paint manufacturers. Through the network over 300,000 litres of paint were distributed which coloured the lives of over 316,000 people.
Communities across the UK benefit as a result of homes, community centres, schools and other public access buildings being renovated with affordable paint. Community RePaint supports councils and waste management companies by diverting reusable paint from the waste stream, which provides cost benefits, and benefits the community by reducing costs for those receiving paint. It also provides a source of income for the organisations running the schemes. t. Significantly, Community RePaint demonstrates the market for a wider diversity of reused products.