Come on down: Gedling borough residents can pick up free paint as part of recycling scheme

Residents in Gedling borough are being given the chance to get their hands on free pots of paint next month.

The free paint is being given away as part of the Community RePaint scheme by Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor Veolia.

The free pots of paint will be available to collect from Calverton Recycling Centre on Thursday, August 9, between 5 and 7pm

To get your hands on the free paint you must book in a time slot by calling Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 80 80.  (Pre-booking is essential)

An estimated 50 million litres of the 320 million litres of paint sold in the UK each year go to waste. This paint is either thrown away or stored in homes or garages despite more than half of it still being usable.

Calverton-recycling
PICTURED: The council’s recycling facility in Calverton

Last year the Community RePaint scheme added colour to the lives of over 316,000 people across the UK, including groups, charities and residents from Nottinghamshire who took part in the scheme.

The scheme accepts unwanted/surplus paint from Nottinghamshire residents at the 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.

Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia in Nottinghamshire said: ‘We welcome Nottinghamshire residents to donate their unwanted paint at the 4 Recycling Centres, which we in turn distribute freely to Community Groups and residents in a bid to support the community, help the environment and save people money.’

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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.

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