Easter Egg-Cess? Traders, Take Stock of Your Tins!

13/04/2012 Return to news archive

Calling all painters and decorators! Did you know that donating your leftover, reusable paint to Community RePaint can help you to save money on disposal costs? The UK-wide paint reuse network is encouraging those in the trade to take stock of their tins following the busy Easter Bank Holiday in a bid to get more businesses supporting local paint reuse.

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. Painters, decorators and retailers can donate leftover or surplus reusable paint to a local Community RePaint scheme for a small fee to cover processing and running costs, a charge that will be considerably cheaper than hazardous waste disposal.

Schemes accept all brands of the following types of paint in their original container; emulsion, gloss and tile paint, eggshell, satin paint undercoat, primer, masonry and floor paint, exterior paint, varnishes and woodstains.

To find out how to donate paint, traders can contact us to locate their nearest Community RePaint scheme. In 2011, householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 343,957 litres3 of paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 217,112 litres to community groups and individuals saving 565 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 192 cars off our roads.

“Easter is a busy time of year for painters and decorators. Spring has sprung and householders who don’t DIY often GSI – Get Someone In - to spruce up their homes,” said Community RePaint Network Manager Martin Pearse. “Traders with leftover, reusable paint can donate it to a local Community RePaint scheme, which will both benefit their business and help to protect the planet.”

The Community RePaint Network has been sponsored by Dulux since 1993. David Cornish, Post-Use Recover Manager, added: “Throwing valuable paint away is just plain daft – never mind having to pay hundreds of pounds to do so! If the painting industry can help people to use paint that would otherwise be wasted, then that's a good result for everybody and we are very proud to support Community Repaint in their excellent work.”