Gov Urged To Help Boost Reuse Of Leftover Paint

waste-paint-PaintCareCentral and local Government have been urged to help create a new remanufacturing sector that solves a major household waste issue and at lower cost to all stakeholders – leftover paint. 

Being launched in the House of Commons today (18 November), a series of recommendations have been set out by PaintCare, an industry-led initiative that aims to solve the problem of leftover decorative paint, which point out how Government and stakeholders can help remove the remaining obstacles preventing the reuse of this underutilised waste stream.

Peter Jones OBE – “…the key to success is developing a market for leftover paint, and this report calls for Government to act, by insisting on five percent of Government painting contracts to use paint products with a significant percentage of remanufactured content”

According to PaintCare, an estimated 50m litres of waste decorative paint is generated in the UK each year. Most of which finds its way into the domestic waste stream before being sent to landfill or separated and disposed of as hazardous waste at considerable cost to local authorities.

Eighteen recommendations have been set out for stakeholders, central and local Government as well as the paint industry itself. Among these, include recommendations that:

  • Government should exempt reused, recycled or remanufactured paint sales used by social enterprises, charities or community based groups from VAT and such organisations should be exempt from business rates
  • Government should ensure that regulations required to transport and use leftover paint
  • Government should stimulate a remanufactured paint market and change
  • Government Procurement Rules to specify five percent of Government painting contracts use paint products with a significant percentage of remanufactured content, helping to create part of the market for 10 million litres of remanufactured paint that could be produced
  • all stakeholders involved in facilitating a national circular economy for leftover paint to sign up to the PaintCare voluntary commitment as waste) do not create burdens on establishing
  • the paint industry should introduce a quality protocol for remanufacturing of leftover paint, to ensure consistent quality and consumer confidence in the product
  • all HWRCs to agree to accept liquid paint, unless there are significant barriers preventing this, to stop the landfilling of leftover paint that enters into the general waste stream.

Leftover Paint

“In essence, managing leftover paint this way will deliver significant savings for local authorities, reduce waste to landfill and create a new circular economy,” says Peter Jones OBE, chair of the British Coatings Federation Leftover Paint Steering Group. 

However, as has been established in several failed paint remanufacturing operations, the key to success is developing a market for leftover paint, and this report calls for Government to act, by insisting on five percent of Government painting contracts to use paint products with a significant percentage of remanufactured content.

“It will also be important to establish the knowhow to use the waste paint not suitable for remanufacturing as a raw material for other products such as concrete, as opposed to incineration as hazardous waste, if the 40% cost savings foreseen are to be delivered.”

He said: “…the next 12 months will be spent working closely with all involved to try to remove some of the remaining obstacles to creating a new remanufacturing sector which also solves a major household waste issue and at lower cost to all stakeholders.”

In October this year a new recycled paint scheme that aims to see waste paint remanufactured and used for local communities was launched in the UK.

The scheme was the result of collaboration between AkzoNobel, Newlife Paints Ltd and Community RePaint – a social enterprise that currently redistributes left over paint to those in social need.

A new remanufacturing hub – the first of its kind – will be located in Cambridgeshire and run by social enterprise group CCORRN, in partnership with Community RePaint and Newlife Paint Ltd.

For the PaintCare report executive summary and full list of recommendations CLICK HERE

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