Recycle your paint scraps
You can either take your paint scraps to your local household recycling centre to be disposed of, or you can find out how you can recycle it so someone else can benefit from it through a Community RePaint scheme.
What is Community RePaint?
Community RePaint schemes collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.
In doing so the Community RePaint network provides social, environmental and economic benefits and is managed by the environmental consultancy, Resource Futures.
The network stretches from Essex to Belfast, Cornwall to Inverness and comprises of over 50 community-run schemes that collect 'half-tins' of leftover, reusable domestic paint from household waste recycling centres and unsold and damaged tins are also collected from local DIY outlets such as B&Q and Homebase, trade centres such as Dulux Decorator Centres and local shops. Painters and decorators also donate leftover paint from decorating jobs.
The paint is sorted and stored at the local schemes' premises and then redistributed (for a small financial donation) to local charities, community and voluntary groups and individuals in social need.
Community RePaint has been sponsored by Dulux since its inception in 1993 and is coordinated by Resource Futures, an employee owned, non-profit distributing environmental consultancy. The network also forms part of Dulux's ongoing sustainability programme.
For more information visit www.communityrepaint.org.uk