Our partners have signed up the PaintCare voluntary commitment, supporting the following aims of the programme:

bullet white Stop the landfilling of over 20 million litres of leftover decorative paint each year

bullet white Increase the reuse and remanufacturing of leftover decorative paint

bullet white Work with local and national government, paint manufacturers, retailers, the waste industry, and other stakeholders

bullet white Remove legislative barriers

bullet white Help find new markets for remanufactured paint products

bullet white Facilitate a national network of paint collection and remanufacturing centres, bringing new job opportunities

bullet white Maximise the use of valuable raw materials and resources

Does your organisation support the aims of PaintCare? If so, contact amy.white@bcf.co.uk to sign up to the PaintCare voluntary commitment.

The potential for a network of paint reuse schemes was realised in 1992, when the Waste Wagon project in Leeds found that we tend to store large volumes of leftover, reusable paint in our sheds, garages and cupboards. The project also found there was a demand for this material from local charities, voluntary and community groups, individuals and families on low incomes. The first Community RePaint scheme was then established in Leeds and Ealing and subsequently a national network of schemes emerged.

Today there are over 75 schemes in the Community RePaint network, across the UK, which is sponsored by Dulux and managed by Resource Futures, the employee-owned, non-profit distributing environmental consultancy, which originally conducted the Waste Wagon research project. Resource Futures works to enlarge the network by establishing new schemes across the UK, supports existing schemes and provides a central point of contact for those who need paint and those with paint to donate.

Resource Futures also campaigns on behalf of the network, responds to proposed legislation, submits funding bids for the network and develops links with the voluntary and community sector, local authorities and the trade and retail industry, to reduce the cost of waste paint disposal and maximise the social and environmental benefits from paint reuse. 

Web: www.communityrepaint.org.uk