Spotlight: Community RePaint

Lily Graves, Community RePaint Network Officer shares an insight into this nation-wide initiative with Bristol roots.

As I write, 900 litres of surplus paint is making its way from a painting contractor in South Bristol to Community RePaint Bristol City, who will sell it at an affordable cost to individuals and groups in the community and thereby stop it going for unnecessary disposal.

Community RePaint is a nationwide paint reuse and remanufacturing network.  Since its beginnings in 1993, we’ve seen over 5.4 million litres of surplus and leftover paint reused.

Upcycled Wardrobe reusing paint that was saved from waste from painted by Safrana Musa
Mural in entrance hall of Pollit & Partners reusing paint that was saved from waste

    We currently have 80 Community RePaint schemes run by community organisations up and down the country.  The schemes collect leftover and surplus paint from individuals, retailers and manufacturers and often directly from Household Waste Recycling Centres too. Paint is made available to the community for a small fee, often enabling people with little disposable income to brighten their homes for less.

    Customers discovering their local Community RePaint schemes really value the project; “I will never buy paint from a shop again. What a bargain and it stops the paint that we take to the recycling sites going to landfill! I am one happy person!” Mrs A, Bradford.

    We also have two remanufacturing centres in the network who, blend, filter and treat larger volumes of surplus and leftover paint to produce our ‘nearly new’ paint called ReColour. ReColour is available in a wide variety of finishes and colours.  It is available from a number of stockists around the country as well as directly from the remanufacturers.  Orders of 60 litres or more can be placed via our website.

    Volunteers from Levens Playing Fields paint their tennis courts with ReColour masonry paint, remanufactured from paint that was saved from waste

    ReColour is a high-quality product which is more affordable than the big brands and far more sustainable than buying virgin paint.  It also allows us to supply projects such as Leven’s Playing fields who recently purchased 75 litres of a bespoke green ReColour masonry paint to refresh their community tennis courts.   Good for the budget and good for the planet – it’s a win win!

    We are on a mission to get the nation to consider reuse and remanufactured paint for projects large and small, before reaching for a brand new tin. Anyone looking for paint or looking to donate reusable paint can find out how by heading to our website: