A RECYCLING scheme in Nottinghamshire which takes in unwanted paint from residents and then gives it away to community and groups and individuals is to be extended.
Community RePaint Nottinghamshire is a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and Veolia Environmental Services (the council’s waste contractors).
The scheme currently accepts unwanted paint from members of the public at Calverton and Worksop household waste recycling centres and then passes any good quality reusable paint on to groups and charities to help them with refurbishment, renovation and training projects that they’re involved in.
Now the County Council plans to extend the scheme to two more HWRCs – Newark and Beeston – and to relocate the Worksop scheme to a nearby site at Warsop to make it accessible to a larger number of residents. The changes to the scheme are expected to be launched in the spring.
The scheme has given away more than 12,000 litres of free paint to groups since its launch in 2010 and is keen to help even more. More than 160 voluntary organisations have signed up for the scheme. Occasionally, the scheme is also opened up to members of the public on designated open evenings. More than 4,000 litres of reusable paint has been given away at these events, making the total amount redistributed to an impressive16,000 litres.
“More than 366 million litres of paint are sold each year, of which 55 million are unused, stored or just thrown away,” says Coun Richard Butler, chairman of the County Council’s environment and sustainability committee.
“Paint cannot go down the drain or in to landfill because it is harmful to the environment – the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire scheme means that people can donate their unwanted or surplus paint to the participating HWRCs where it is sorted and stored safely.
“The scheme has been very successful since its introduction and has made possible the reuse of a significant volume of paint.
“Not only that, it has helped enormously a large number of community groups and voluntary organisations across the county.
“Extending it to Newark and Beeston, as well as relocating the Worksop scheme to Warsop, will mean that a much larger number of people will be able to use the scheme and will significantly increase the volume of reusable paint being captured and distributed.”
Groups which have taken advantage of the free paint include Stride Construction which provides training for 14 to 19 year-olds in construction skills including painting and decorating; the Framework Housing association which provides housing, support and care for homeless and vulnerable people; and Mencap which has used the paint to redecorate tenants’ homes as well as the Mencap office.