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Giving leftover paint a new lease of life


Paint recycling

It is estimated that the average UK household has 17 tins of partially used paint in their sheds and garages. But paint is difficult to recycle and often ends up in landfill, wasting a good-quality resource.

If paint tins are thrown in with domestic rubbish and crushed in a refuse truck, they can leak paint on to the streets. Paint disposed of down the drain can pollute our watercourses.

 
To reduce its environmental risk, Veolia introduced Community RePaint schemes at our recycling centres. We collect reusable, leftover paint and redistribute it to community and voluntary groups, charities and individuals.
 
It is then put to good use, refurbishing rooms and buildings, in craft activities or even decorating stage sets in community theatres. However, not all collected paint can be so easily repurposed and the majority still ends up in Energy Recovery Facilities.

Not any more. Our licensed technology turns leftover paint into a new product called NewLifePaint. The remanufactured paint is independently tested to guarantee it meets the same standards as new paint, as well as Environment Agency standards.

The process enables us to de-package old paint pots, recover the leftover paint and turn it into new, high quality, durable, environmentally friendly paint products. So far, we make by hand white and magnolia emulsions for interior walls and ceilings for all types of buildings. We can ever offer a matt or silk finish and bespoke batches of paint colours available to sell through retail outlets.