Many of us have tins of half used paint cluttering up our garages or sheds. It’s not simply a case of pouring it down the sink to dispose of it because they can be very damaging to the environment.
According to Community RePaint, 400 million litres of paint are sold in the UK every year. It is estimated that approximately 56 million litres are unused, stored in homes or garages or just thrown away.
By connecting people who have paint to donate with the people who need them, Community RePaint provides an outlet for unwanted reusable paint while helping local communities and individuals.
You can donate more or less any type of household paint such as emulsion, masonry paint and varnishes and woodstains. They cannot accept car paint, aerosols & spray paints, paint over 10 years old, paint containing lead or paint that is not in its original container.
You can discover exactly what you can donate and where you can donate it with their online postcode finder.
If you’re a retailer, merchant, painter or decorator or local business and have unwanted surplus paint you would rather see reused, then get in touch with Community RePaint for further details.
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If you are in ‘social need’ such as those on income support, former homeless, refugees and asylum seekers then you can apply for paint too. Find out where your nearest donation point is on there ‘do you need paint‘? page.
Some recent community projects which have benefited from donations of paint from Community RePaint include:
- Crumbles Castle; an adventure playground in Islington, London.
- Leon Sparks, an artist based in the West Midlands area who painted a kick wall in a local park.
- Blackpool and Fylde College Community Programme who run a Furniture Painting Course for learners with additional needs.
- Inside Out Trust in Liverpool, where prisoners refurbish and paint wheelchairs and bicycles; which are then went by Human Appeal International for use by disadvantaged people in Iraq.
So what are you waiting for? Have a rummage through your garages and sheds and see if you can put your paint to good use!
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