MRW Reports on Paint Remanufacturing

09/12/2014 Return to news archive

Innovative Opportunity: Remanufacturing of Paints

Remanufacturing in the UK is practised in a number of industries, such as electronic goods, automotive parts, toner cartridges and ink jets, flooring and paint. Many of these face barriers to growth which need to be addressed, while several of these industries with further potential for growth have received little public recognition.

The remanufacture of paints is particularly interesting. The process involves adding a small fraction of virgin materials to collected paints to improve its quality and bring it to like-new standard.

Around 10% of all paint bought each year in the UK remains unused and only around 1% of UK waste paint is remanufactured (see diagram right). Considering that local authorities in England are spending £6.7m a year on managing waste paint, and that the

carbon footprint of remanufactured paint is 50% lower than virgin manufactured paint, then significant social, economic and environmental opportunities are being ignored.

The Triple Win report recommends that the Government should develop a resource efficiency action plan for left­over decorative paint. It also says that representatives from Defra, local authorities, waste management companies, paint manufacturers, retailers and third party paint remanufacturers should develop a clear and concise plan for how the collection of waste paint can be improved so that the remanufacturing of paints is encouraged in the UK.


This is a section of an article published by MRW on 05/12/2014.

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