As you know I am passionate about the environment and recycle whenever possible. A recent survey by the British Coatings Federation (BCF) highlighted some problems with recycling unused paint.
It is estimated that a staggering 55 million litres of leftover paint is generated in the UK each year. The majority if taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is put in land fill or incinerated and only one in three HWRCs actually accept paint.
The problem for the local authorities that run these HWRCs is that incinerating paint safely is expensive and that seems to be the main reason why they don’t accept it.
There is another solution, however. The BCF has found that sending the unused paint to a paint recycler or remanufacturer can lead to a saving of up to 40% for local authorities.
As far as Gloucestershire is concerned, they will accept paint at their HWRCs if you see a member of staff. Alternatively they promote a scheme run locally by Vision 21.
Vision 21 in Cheltenham is an agent for Community RePaint, a national network of paint re-use schemes collecting reusable leftover paint and distributing it to individuals, charities and community groups. They accept full unused tins of any colour or tins of white or cream which are at least half full.
Vision 21 can be found on the Lansdown Industrial Estate or call 01242 228823.
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