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Community RePaint appeal to local residents to donate, rather than throw paint away

It's estimated that over 50 million litres of paint are unused every year in the UK, a figure an organisation hopes to reduce.

Community RePaint provides social, environmental and economic benefits by asking residents to donate their unused stock, and distributing it to those in need.

The national Community RePaint network has 76 schemes, including one in Sevenoaks, and they donate to community groups, charities and voluntary organisations.

Community RePaint has 76 schemes across the UK
Community RePaint has 76 schemes across the UK

The group are also keen to hear from people and projects that need unusual paint, such as artists, restorers and theatres.

According to recent research commissioned by AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK, owners of Dulux, Household Waste Recycling Centres receive an average of 26.5 tonnes of paint each year, 64% of which is re-useable.

Community RePaint Network Manager, Martin Pearse, said: "Despite the industry encouraging us to buy only what we need with online and in-store paint calculators, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to buy a bit more just in case or to touch up in the future."

He added: "If, after painting one wall, you have decided that blue is not the shade for you, or found that those two for one offers have left you with enough paint to redecorate Buckingham Palace, then Community RePaint can help to find a home for your unwanted or unused paint."

To find out more including where your local scheme is, click here.

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