People often console themselves that they will use leftover paint after they finish a paint job. They stash the color in the store for future use. However, most of these paints end up getting mould from years of storage and end up as wastes. An estimate of 50 million litres of colours gets wasted in the United Kingdom yearly.
The good news is that a network of 74 projects name Community RePaint aims to tackle the issue of paint wastage. The foundation which began in Leeds has the vision to reduce household hazardous waste. Another goal for the start-up is to ensure community groups, low-income home, and charities get a cheaper alternative should they need to brighten their walls.
ReciproCity is one of the biggest repaint schemes in the peninsula of Northwest England. The social enterprise evolved from a building material store into a decorator’s paradise. The paint then gets sold at an affordable price. The leading suppliers of the colours are trade wholesalers, manufacturers, and public donators. In 2017 the company received around 81,000 litres of paint.
The reused paints have the same price among all products and companies. However, before a resale, the company’s eight-member team rein checks the color. It ensures that it contains no mould and that the contents of the inside match the written description of the tin or label.
The movement is beneficial to the environment in that it minimises wastage of paints. Most of the colours get thrown out to the environment after the years of it in storage amount to nothing.