City Insights

Community Repaint

By Jennifer Drury

 
Photo:(L to R) Cllr Pete West, Brighton & Hove City Council's Cabinet Member for Sustainability, with Chris Hall, a companion at the Emmaus charity, one of the local community groups putting leftover paint to good use

(L to R) Cllr Pete West, Brighton & Hove City Council's Cabinet Member for Sustainability, with Chris Hall, a companion at the Emmaus charity, one of the local community groups putting leftover paint to good use

Photo courtesy of Brighton and Hove City Council

New community scheme

A new community scheme is putting hundreds of tins of leftover paint to good use. The Community Repaint project was launched at Brighton & Hove City Council's Hove Recycling Centre in June to cut the amount of unwanted paint going to waste. Since then around 1,000 litres of paint have been re-used free of charge by community groups, charities and people on low incomes - enough to paint the city's historic Royal Pavilion, and still have some left over!

Free of charge to low income groups

People with unwanted tins of paint gathering dust in their shed, garage or loft can drop them off at the Sussex Central YMCA charity shop located at the recycling centre off Old Shoreham Road - where charities, community groups and people on low income can then pick them up for free. Paint is available free of charge to pensioners, people on income support and students.

Cutting waste and benefiting the community

Councillor Pete West, Brighton & Hove City Council's Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: "People are handing in leftover and partly used tins of paint that would otherwise be thrown out. It's a really practical, straightforward way of cutting waste and benefiting the local community at the same time. The paint is being put to good use for a range of different projects - from people painting their homes to the local Emmaus charity, which is using it to repaint old furniture to raise funds and support its work with the homeless."

If you want further information about this project please visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/paintreuse

 

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