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Community RePaint takes inspiration from Olympics to encourage donations
A paint reuse network is calling on Britons to donate their leftover tins of paint.
Community RePaint is asking residents to donate their unwanted tins of paint in order for them to be re-distributed to local charities, community and voluntary groups, as well as individuals in social need, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK.
Of the 332 million litres of paint sold in the UK in 2011, it is estimated that 50 million litres still remain unused, stored in garages and sheds or have been thrown away – enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The network’s manager, Martin Pearse called for donations saying: “Paint reuse is a winning combination! Not only does it help to protect the environment, but it also means that people across Britain can brighten up their homes and improve their communities with paint that would otherwise have gone to waste.”
Last year, 343,957 litres of paint were donated to Community RePaint schemes, who distributes nearly two thirds (217,112 litres) to community groups and individuals, saving 565 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of taking 192 cars off the UK’s roads.
Sponsored by Dulux and coordinated by Resource Futures, a non-profit environmental consultancy, there are now 66 Community RePaint schemes across the UK, with the network’s newest addition launching in Bracknell, Berkshire at the end of June. Organisers hope that the public will be inspired by the excitement of the Olympics to get involved and donate their unwanted paint.
“If you need low-cost paint to brighten up your home or use in your community, then forget starter’s orders and hop onto our website, skip to your nearest Community RePaint scheme or jump on the phone to find out more,” added Martin.
You can find out more about Community RePaint, including how to donate, on their website.
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