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Free Paint via Community RePaint, Nottinghamshire

I don't know whether this is common knowledge or not - but it was new news to me, so I thought I'd do a blog post on it. What am I talking about? The Community RePaint Scheme. This was actually introduced to me from a colleague at work, although actually there's posters promoting this everywhere (mainly to stop people throwing away toxic paint!), but I was just blissfully ignorant apparently! 

If you're after free paint, then the community repaint scheme is exactly that. If you didn't know, paint has to be carefully disposed of; you should never put it into a bin unless it has completely dried up. Instead you should take any leftover paint you no longer require to your local skip. I never really thought about where it went from there - but essentially it just goes straight back to the community. Lots of it is donated to different projects throughout the county; housing associations, theatre groups, you name it. But it's also up for grabs to the public too. Throughout Nottinghamshire, every so often various skips hold days where you can go along and take home as much paint as you want. (Within reason, I'm sure). Obviously, if you're after 'Crimson Dusk' in Eggshell, well your chances are pretty slim. But if you're quite open to any variation of 'red' or perhaps you just want a white (probably the most common paint there!) or you're just not fussed, then this is the place for you. And who knows, maybe you'll get lucky and find that exact colour you're after?! It's not just wall paint either; metal paint, spray paint, wood paint, fence paint, oh the selection is extensive!

I would also especially recommend using this scheme if you're after paint for arts and crafts, maybe to use with the kids, or even furniture recycling. Or if you know a community project this would be perfect for, then this is also for you! It's also great if you're on a budget and just want to redecorate a room on the cheap! After all, brand new paint costs around £25 a tin! So really, this scheme is not to be sniffed at. Of course, do expect most tins to have been opened and not brand new.. Although I'm sure some of them are.. it's crazy what some people throw away! One man's junk, is another man's treasure.. as they say.

I've checked this scheme throughout the rest of the UK and it seems that the rules differ per county - some seem to only be free to those on benefits, and some county's aren't actually on board with this scheme at all. You can find out more information, and where your nearest scheme is, by clicking here.


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