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Paint reuse network celebrates 20 years of making Britain brighter

Community RePaint is celebrating 20 years of paint recycling this year

Community RePaint, the UK’s paint re-use network, supported almost 21,000 groups and individuals to transform their local environments with leftover paint last year.

In its 20th anniversary year householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 410,148 litres2 of leftover paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 245,463 litres to community groups and individuals, saving 638 tonnes of CO2.

Groups from across the country seized the opportunity in 2013 to pick up a paintbrush and cheer up their communities. In London, the Forest Recycling Project, which delivers Community RePaint East London, received funding from Groundwork London’s Transform programme to paint murals for capital community groups. They worked with Groundwork and residents on the designs, employing local artists and making use of paint that could have ended up in landfill. 

Meanwhile community artist and recovering addict Tariel Braisher worked in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, with the help of drug and alcohol support service conn3ct, Art Official, NCS, Incredible Edible and volunteers from Halifax Youth Services, to brighten up a local park with paint from Community RePaint Bradford. 

Dulux helped establish the Community RePaint network 20 years ago and is its sole sponsor. David Cornish, global sustainability manager-resource efficiency, said: “If we can bring colour to people’s lives by helping them to use paint that would otherwise be wasted, then that's an extra bonus. We are very proud to support Community RePaint in their excellent work.”

“The Community RePaint network now has more than 70 schemes across the UK and three more poised to begin in the coming weeks.

Community groups needing paint can get in touch with their nearest scheme by entering their postcode at 

Families or individuals on low incomes can also receive paint from their local Community RePaint scheme, by visiting the website or calling 0845 180 0501 for more information. 

By Lucy

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