Wirral business marks huge milestone by remanufacturing 300,000 litres of paint and preventing it going to waste

ReciproCity Wirral is celebrating the huge milestone of remanufacturing 300,000 litres of leftover paint since launching its remanufacturing centre in 2017.

Supported by the UK wide Community RePaint network and Dulux, who sponsor the network, Recipro is using pioneering technology to transform ‘waste’ paint into a brand new, quality paint, at a community friendly price, for low-income householders and groups. This process enables leftover and surplus paint to be collected, remanufactured, and put into a new container, branded as ‘ReColour’.

The remanufacturing centre, located in Wallasey, is no stranger to reusing materials. Recipro is a multi-award-winning business set up to reduce the amount of waste being created by the construction industry.

They accept donations of surplus building materials, office furniture, and also paint, which are all sold into the local community for a fraction of their retail price. They collect paint from several recycling centres across the North West, as well as in the West Midlands.

Recipro, also known as Community RePaint Wirral, is part of the UK-wide Community RePaint network – a network of paint reuse schemes working to solve the issue of the estimated 50 million litres of paint that go to waste in the UK each year.

In 2021, the 65+ schemes in the network collected over 387,000 litres of paint from individuals, retailers, decorators, and paint manufacturers, and redistributed over 255,000 litres of paint to individuals, families, community groups and charities, adding colour to the lives of over 176,000 people.

ReColour remanufactured paint is produced with the community in mind, to help those most in need to brighten their spaces and colour lives. Since 2017, Recipro has sold the paint from just £1 per litre to over 60,000 individuals. 

One customer, Mike Burke, said, “For the price, colour options, durability and minimal fuss it takes to apply, its impossible to find anything better!  The fact it’s made from waste paint really is the cherry on the top!”

Rebecca Close, Recipro Wirral Director, said, “We are delighted to have reached this milestone with ReColour remanufactured paint. We think it’s a fantastic product and our customers do too.  Every drop of paint that goes into ReColour has been saved from the waste stream and it makes us so happy to know we have been able to transform it into a new paint, which is affordable and still great quality.”

If you need paint to redecorate your home, or if you are a charity or community group in need of paint for a project, call Recipro to find out more on 0151 639 0651, or email Rebecca on [email protected]  or visit them during their opening hours to purchase paint.

Recipro sell both ReColour remanufactured paint and full and part full tins of other branded paint. They are based at Unit 2 Britannia House, Dock Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH41 1DF. Paint can also be delivered via a national courier across the UK.

If you are a trader, paint manufacturer or retailer with leftover paint you can contact the scheme to find out how they can help you. They can offer a more economical and sustainable option than sending it for disposal.

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