Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.
Disposing of and Donating Paint
Tins of paint should never be put in your bin at home, unless they are empty or contain only solid dried-up paint residue. When tins of paint from a wheelie bin are crushed in the back of a rubbish truck, the paint can spill onto the street and cause problems.
When paint is buried in a landfill, the toxic chemicals it contains can contaminate the ground. Never pour paint down your sinks and drains as it may pollute our water courses.
A much better idea is to donate unwanted paint to our Community Repaint scheme. Community groups may use the paint to refurbish rooms or buildings used by their members. Housing associations may redistribute the paint to their tenants. It may be used by other groups for craft activities, for training or may even be used for stage sets by community theatre groups. The paint is not intended for resale.
Tins containing liquid paint can be taken to:
- Calverton Recycling Centre
- Warsop Recycling Centre
- Newark Recycling Centre
- Beeston Recycling Centre
Recycling Centre addresses and details can be found by clicking here.
There are containers for you to drop off your donated tins of paint or you can hand them to a member of staff. Trained site staff will sort through each tin of paint to check whether it can be put into the reuse scheme.
Tins of paint suitable for reuse are labelled and displayed on shelves in the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire container according to colour and type.
Tins of paint that cannot be reused, will not be put into the reuse scheme but will be sent for specialist treatment. The metal or plastic containers will also be recycled where possible.
Read more about the Community RePaint Scheme on the Community RePaint website: www.communityrepaint.org.uk
Types of Paint for Reuse
The following types of paint are suitable for reuse:
- Matt and silk emulsion
- Gloss paint – interior and exterior
- Eggshell and satin paint
- Kitchen or bathroom paint
- Undercoat - water or oil based
- Masonry paint
- Varnish - water or oil based
- Wood stain
- Tile paint
- Floor paint
However, some paints cannot be reused in the scheme:
- Paint not in its original container
- Paint tins with a hazardous symbol
- Any paint containing lead
- Paint thinners e.g. white spirit
- Paint stripper or brush cleaners
- Wood preservative
The Community RePaint Scheme
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