According to the British Coatings Federation, the average UK home may have as many as 17 cans of leftover paint in the shed, garage or loft.
Community RePaint is an organisation that can put that paint to good use – covering graffiti, painting a community centre or making it available to families in need. In 2014, the network redistribute over 300,000 litres of paint to 3,382 community groups and to 34,000 people in social need.
Community RePaint operates as a network of 83 schemes currently across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of the schemes are linked to other community groups which help to build links with local projects. Dulux have sponsored the scheme since 1993.
B&Q has been working with Community RePaint to find use for paint that has been damaged in transit or whilst in our stores. Many of the Community RePaint schemes will accept donations of paint directly from the public – and many work with local authority Household Waste Recycling Centres to make it easier to donate. Every scheme operates slightly differently – so visit the Community RePaint website to find out how they operate in your area.