The Nottinghamshire Community RePaint scheme
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. 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.
Reusable paint is available for FREE for Nottinghamshire residents, community groups, charities and schools.
Any tins that are at least half full of reusable paint are stored separately in the shelved reuse container and are given away for free. We can’t guarantee what colours, types or quantities of paint will be available, but there's usually a good range to choose from.
As usual when visiting a Recycling Centre please wear sturdy, closed toe footwear and it’s a good idea to bring bags or boxes to protect your vehicle when transporting the paint home.
Children and pets must remain in the vehicle.
Which Recycling Centres accept tins containing liquid paint?
At all 4 sites 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 suitable 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