On Tuesday 20th October 2015, the Community RePaint team joined AkzoNobel for the launch of ReColour, their thought leadership paper, exploring how to divert more leftover paint from landfill and recycle it for re-use by communities and charities across the UK.

AkzoNobel (Dulux) have been working with Community RePaint for over 20 years to address the issue of unused, surplus paint. This partnership has enabled our network of paint re-use schemes to develop and grow. Our 75 schemes redistribute over 300,000 litres of paint each year. Later this year we will launch our first ever remanufacturing hub at our scheme in Cambridge which is hosted by CCORRN. The remanufacturing hub has been developed in partnership with AkzoNobel, Newlife Paints and Resource Futures, who manage the Community RePaint Network. The aim is to redistribute the remanufactured paint to charities, community groups and individuals through the Community RePaint Network.

Likewise, the hub will provide larger quantities of unused paint to be collected and reprocessed. However this alone will not address the huge quantities of re-usable paint which enter the waste stream each year. AkzoNobel are calling for government and industry to work together and share expertise. This will help to make a difference to the environment and communities in the UK. In summary, the recommendations laid out in a report outline how manufacturers, consumers and government can collectively address the current barriers to paint re-use and remanufacturing.

More details about the launch can be found here.

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