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Recycled paint initiative expands

An innovative paint scheme has launched a second remanufacturing hub to tackle waste and support more communities in need.

The partnership between Community RePaint and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel aims to reduce the volume of paint sent to landfill and incineration in the UK each year, whilst also helping community groups and charities.

The new centre, based on the Wirral, will process waste paint that then goes to community groups and those in need at lower cost. The first facility, set up in Cambridge last year, has recycled 10,000 litres.

Matt Pullen, UK managing director of AkzoNobel UK & Ireland said: “British households throw away 55 million litres of paint every year, but over half of this is good enough to reuse. This innovative scheme is leading our industry in reducing the amount of paint currently entering the waste stream, as well as having a transformative impact, alongside Community RePaint, by colouring the lives of those who can least afford it.”

AkzoNobel, Newlife Paints and Community RePaint plan more centres and hope to produce 100,000 litres of remanufactured paint by the end of 2017.

They are campaigning to raise the level of waste paint collected in the UK to three million litres by 2020 and have called on the Government and the industry to help tackle the issue as part of a circular economy.

In 2015 a report titled ’Creating a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK’ was presented to the House of Commons suggesting that local authorities could reduce the cost of dealing with waste paint by 40% if remanufacturing was introduced. 

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