Choosing the right colour for a room can be tough. With so many options out there, many of us use multiple testers pots before we purchase a tin of paint, and then don’t always use it all up. Although helpful, most tester pots end up in landfills or get incinerated.

Having recognised this issue and made a commitment to achieve zero waste by 2030, Community RePaint sponsor, Dulux, has launched a new trial take-back scheme. The trials aim is to recycle and reuse every part of the Dulux roller testers, to eventually create no waste.

Now, this isn’t the first environmental project Dulux has been a part of. For the last 29 years, Dulux has sponsored the Community RePaint network. Made up of 65+ schemes across the UK, the network collects usable leftover paint and redistributes it back into the community.

Although Dulux sponsors the Community RePaint, they do not manage it. Environmental consultancy Resource Futures run the network on a day to day basis.  Due to the great success of Community RePaint, Dulux has paired up with Resource Futures again to help develop their new tester take back trial.

How will the trial work?

From a customer point of view, it could not be easier to get involved. Simply take your used roller testers to one of the participating stores, and pop them into the drop off point. From here the tester pots will be collected and taken to MyGroup, a company specialising in reusing materials. They separate the materials, decant the paint for further use and granulate the plastic and roller foam to make storm board. An amazing alternative to plywood, storm board is made from a variety of granulated materials. It is used to make outdoor furniture, compost bins, and even climbing walls.

The Dulux Tester Takeback will be piloted in 32 selected B&Q, Homebase and Wickes stores across the UK.

The ultimate goal of the trial is to roll out the scheme nationally, creating an opportunity for everyone in the UK to recycle their Dulux roller tester.

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