Community RePaint’s 76 schemes are supporting Recycle Week 2015 (22 – 28 June). Now in its 12th year, Recycle Now have decided this year’s theme will focus on raising the public’s awareness about the many items they can recycle from all around the home, which they might not previously have thought about recycling.

By collecting unwanted, surplus paint and re-distributing it to individuals, families and communities in need, the Community RePaint Network is improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. Recycling domestic paint not only helps the environment, but also gets it onto the walls of people who really need it in your local community.

“By supporting projects like this, Community RePaint can help to bring a splash of colour to communities across the country whilst encouraging the re-use of a valuable resource,” said Community RePaint Network Manager, Martin Pearse. “Purchasing paint for your project – or home – from a Community RePaint scheme at a significantly reduced price means your funds go much further, and it also helps to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from ending up in landfill.”

In 2014, householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 446,650 litres of leftover paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 302,256 litres to individuals and community groups. That’s enough paint to fill 28 concrete mixer lorries, which would otherwise have gone to waste!

If you are decorating a community hall, sports centre or church, get in touch with your nearest Community RePaint scheme by  entering your postcode into the Do You Need Paint? page.

If you are a family or individual on a low income you can also receive paint for improving your home from your local Community RePaint scheme, find your nearest Community RePaint scheme by entering your postcode into the Do You Need Paint? page or call: 0845 180 0501 for more information.

Watch the Recycle Now film on items around the home that you can recycle – you may not have thought about how much there is to recycle around the home before!

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