Paint the town yellow, red, blue, orange, purple – For free

13 July 2017

Free paint is on offer on Thursday 27 July to Nottinghamshire residents who are thinking about a spot of home or garden re-decorating thanks to the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire scheme.

Each year in the UK around 55 million litres of paint – enough to fill 20 Olympic sized swimming pools – is thrown away. To help reduce the amount of paint going to waste, unwanted/surplus paint is being accepted from Nottinghamshire residents across our recycling centres in  Warsop, Newark, Beeston and Calverton. Any tins that are at least half full of reusable paint are stored separately in the shelved reuse container and are given away for free to registered community groups, schools and charities and at special one off events to members of the public.

To pick up your free paint Thursday 27th July from 4pm – 6.30pm at Newark Recycling Centre, Brunel Drive, Newark, NG24 2EG please book a time slot by calling Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80. Pre booking is required.

Councillor John Cottee, Committee Chairman for communities at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“This is a great idea to make sure unwanted paint doesn’t go to waste and hopefully it will inspire many ways to get creative.

 “With the Tour of Britain race coming Nottinghamshire this September – particularly with the stage finishing in Newark – one use for this free paint would be to spruce up an old, unwanted bike and display it in your front garden, similar to the yellow bikes proudly on display as part of the Tour de Yorkshire race.”

Richard Allen, Contract Logistics Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire, who are running the scheme on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council said: ‘Type and colours of paint cannot be guaranteed but there’s usually a range of emulsion, gloss and eggshell to choose from and often some fence and masonry paint too. As usual when visiting a Recycling Centre please wear sturdy, closed toe footwear and it’s a good idea to bring bags or boxes to protect your vehicle when transporting the paint home.’

Community groups, schools and charities can arrange an appointment online to collect paint from their chosen site via the Nottinghamshire County Council website:


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