Householders waste 40 litres of paint every minute in the UK. We want to prevent this from happening, by having a drop-off point for leftover paint at all Household Waste Recycling Centre sites in the UK. You can help us do this by letting your local authority know that you’d like a Community RePaint scheme in your area. Download the letter template here, or copy and paste the below text into an email:

Dear [NAME],

Following a recent spring clean, I found that I had a number of tins of domestic paint many of which were either part or nearly full.  Hence, as a resident of [BOROUGH/COUNTY] I contacted yourselves/ visited [NAME OF] household waste and recycling centre to dispose of them and was disappointed to be told/ find that we have no choice but to simply throw this paint away despite it being in a perfectly usable condition.

Whilst looking for alternatives I found that in other authorities it is possible to pass this paint on for reuse, through the Community RePaint network ( As this seems to offer a solution which is better for the environment and according to the Community RePaint website, also offers social and economic benefits, I wondered if there are any plans for [LOCAL AUTHORITY] to work with the Community RePaint network to provide a sustainable alternative to paint disposal?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,