Thursday, September 29, 2016

Don’t leave it in the Shed …

Do you have half-empty tins of paint sitting around wasting space and collecting dust? You’re not alone – the average UK household has about 17 opened tins in the shed. Every year, all the shelved tins, tubs and tubes around the nation add up to a whopping 56 million litres of unused paint – that’s enough to fill 20 Olympic size swimming pools!


We’re inviting you to help us change that. At the moment, about 50% of paint is incinerated with no energy captured, and about 30% goes to landfill. This is costly, and damages our environment. Liquid paint is NEVER supposed to go in landfill, but if you put it in your household waste bags, that’s exactly where it ends up.

We see all this waste paint as a valuable resource. Did you know that your leftover paint can be donated for re-use? There are now 76 Community Repaint schemes across the UK that see your half-empty paint tins as half-full. Your local Community Repaint scheme is The Paint Place in Waltham Forest.

The Paint Place collect donated paint from local waste facilities, check it and grade it, and make sure that as much as possible gets reused. Good quality paint is then resold at rock-bottom prices – as little as £1 per litre. You can purchase pre-owned paint in a huge range of colours and finishes (matt/gloss/mould-resistant etc.).

Want to create more space at home whilst taking care of our environment? Simply take all your leftover paint down to your local waste-sorting centre. Your local reuse and recycling centre is Chigwell Road Recycling Centre on Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex, IG8 8PQ.

Local householders can donate unwanted paint at any the following Reuse & Recycling Centres we collect from:
The Paint Place in Waltham Forest is run by the Forest Recycling Project charity, based at the FRP Centre, 2c Bakers Avenue (off Hoe Street, near Bakers Arms), Walthamstow, London E17 9AW (phone 020 8539 3856).

1 comment:

  1. I had not heard of that before. It is a wonderful idea.

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