On Tuesday 4th March, a panel discussion took place, ‘From End of Life to New Innovation’, which featured paint as the main subject. Sam Reeve, Operations Director – Resource Futures, gave a short presentation on the aims and achievements of Community RePaint, alongside David Cornish – AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, who talked about Dulux’s link with Newlife (Recycled) Paint. The Technology Strategy Board’s grant to develop new equipment to assist in the processing of reusable and recycled paint was discussed by David. He also spoke of the long association and sponsorship by AkzoNobel of Community RePaint, which has 73 local branches across the UK, and collects surplus and leftover paint and making it available to charities, community groups, and individuals and families in social need.
Sam Reeve said “Re-use and recycling play a major role in retaining the value of secondary materials, as pressure mounts on manufacturers and designers to move away from the use of raw materials, our expertise provides the answer to a lot of product conundrums.”