Community RePaint Bradford, hosted by Bradford Organic Communities Service, are celebrating the 21st year of their Community RePaint scheme, having first opened their doors to paint reuse in 2001.

Staff and volunteers from Community RePaint Bradford have been collecting paint that would otherwise have gone for disposal and redistributed it to individuals, charities and community groups at affordable prices to help brighten homes and community spaces.

Team at Community RePaint BradfordL-R: volenteer Lawrence Knowles, manager Karen Hutchinson, volenteers Mark Haginis and Harry Cornwall.


In 2001, the journey of Community RePaint Bradford began in the cellar of a children’s creative art project. Inspired by the amount of leftover paint that would have gone to waste, they made the first steps towards becoming part of the network. In that first year, they collected just over 3,000 litres of paint with one member of staff and worked with other local charities to reuse the paint.

The scheme has come a long way, and in the past ten years alone, has prevent over 543,000 litres of paint from going to waste. The scheme collets from eight local household recycling centres in the area, where householders can drop off their paint for reuse. The scheme also accepts paint from local business, paint remanufactures and decorators for a small fee.

“The aim of celebrating our birthday is not only to mark this important milestone, but also to raise awareness of the scheme locally so more people can benefit,” said scheme manager Karen Hutchinson. “Community RePaint Bradford offers a simple, local solution to the problem of waste paint. By reusing leftover paint in our community, we can bring a splash of colour to the lives of those who need it the most and help to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from being disposed of.”

Community RePaint Bradford manager Karen Hutchinson and volunteer Lawrence Knowles process reusable paint. Dulux sponsor community RePaint.Bradford RePaint manager Karen Hutchinson and volunteer Lawrence Knowles. Dulux sponsor community RePaint.


The Community RePaint network manager, Martin Pearse, reflected ‘Community RePaint Bradford have done a fantastic job over the last 21 years. The celebrations provide a great opportunity to recognise all the hard work that has gone into making the scheme such a success and to reflect on all their achievements which has brighten community spaces and homes over the years. We are excited to continue supporting the scheme and look forward to seeing what they accomplish over the next 21 years and more.’

You can read more about Community RePaint Bradford in their recent Meet The Scheme interview.

If you need paint to redecorate your home, or if you are a charity or community group in need of paint for a project, call Community RePaint Bradford to find out more 07871 792 813, email, or visit them during their opening hours to purchase paint. They are based at Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 8BD. Their opening times are Monday – Friday, 9am – 3.30pm.

If you are a householder and have leftover paint in your home that you would like to be reused, you can drop your paint off at one of the eight household recycling centres they collect from: Midland Road HWRC, Bowling Back Lane HWRC, Dealburn Row HWRC, Ford Hill HWRC, Dowley Gap HWRC, Sugden End HWRC, Keighley HWRC, and Golden Butts HWRC. If you are a trader, manufacturer or retailer with leftover paint you can contact the scheme to find out how they can help you.

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