Community RePaint launches new Paint Hub

posted 17.12.2015

This week saw the exciting news of the launch of a new paint manufacturing hub, the first of its kind which will remanufacture old paint for social reuse.

As a member of the Community RePaint network it is exciting to witness a new evolution in the Community RePaint scheme.  The new hub has been developed in response to an opportunity to expand the network’s capacity by taking old tins of paint and reprocessing them into new paint in brand new packaging. The process has been developed by New Life Paints who have pioneered and developed the method for making new paint from old.

The Community RePaint network has been running for over 20 years, supported by scheme sponsors AkzoNobel, owners of decorating giants Dulux. The scheme has over 70 schemes nationwide.

The new paint manufacturing hub is based at CCORRN in Cambridgeshire and represents an exciting development in the management of waste paint, turning something that is often seen as an expensive and challenging waste stream into an opportunity to make a new product for social use. In the UK up to 50 million litres of paint is disposed of each year, potentially 50% of this is reusable. Currently the majority of waste paint is incinerated or sent to landfill.

Martin Pearse, Network Manager for Community RePaint said “Left over paint is a challenge for our industry due to its volume and disposal cost. But with our new remanufacturing hub, we are able to show how such paint can be transformed with the value captured and put to social good. This is an exciting next step for the wider paint industry as it continues its progress towards becoming more sustainable. We are delighted to work with AkzoNobel and Newlife Paints Ltd and applaud their foresight in bringing this technology from its R&D status to commercialisation. We look forward to rolling this out elsewhere.”

This is just the first centre to open, with a further three centres planned to open between now and the end of 2017. It is hoped that once four hubs are operational they will have the ability to process 500,000 litres of paint between them.

Watch this space for more developments and updates.