Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. The Community RePaint organisation provides advice and support to local schemes and publicises the service via its website www.communityrepaint.org.uk. Anyone needing paint can put their postcode into the scheme locator on the website to find their nearest scheme.
There are approximately 65 schemes nationally and the CoStar Partnership in Cwmbran runs the ‘Community RePaint Torfaen’ scheme. Our scheme has been running for 3 years and during that time has provided hundreds of local people with the opportunity to redecorate their homes and community premises. At our latest open day we had a visit from the Dulux dog who was a great hit with the public and posed patiently for photographs. The visit was to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Community Repaint.
Not only does the scheme have economic benefits it also has an environmental benefit.
According to its website, during 2012 the Community RePaint national network
• saved 387,495 litres of paint, donated by householders and businesses, from going to waste
• with a market value of over £1.8 million
• and redistributed over 218,000 litres of paint to community groups, charities, voluntary organisations and people in social need.