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Chair reminds residents about Mid Ulster Paint Reuse Scheme

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Dominic Molloy is reminding residents about the Council’s Paint Reuse Scheme.
The Council joined the Community RePaint network in July and since then has had householder paint drop-off and collection points on-site at the three main Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs), located in Cookstown, Drumcoo and Magherafelt.
By joining this network, our Community RePaint schemes will enable residents to drop off their leftover paint at these HWRCs and collect reusable paint for free for household DIY and community projects.
When you drop paint off at your nearby HWRC, the onsite staff will assess the paint and check whether it is in a good enough condition to be reused. If so, your leftover paint will be placed into the onsite Community RePaint collection areas at our HWRCs where residents in the area and local community groups can avail of it free of charge.
Passing on your leftover paint for reuse through the scheme and/or collecting FREE paint for your upcoming projects from the scheme is a great way to prevent this usable paint from going to waste. With an estimated 50 million litres of paint going to waste each year in the UK, this initiative certainly makes sense.
The Community RePaint network sees this leftover paint as a valuable resource and works to prevent it from going to waste by redistributing it for reuse, through their UK-wide paint reuse network, benefitting individuals, families, communities and charities in need.
The leftover paint has enabled families to redecorate their homes at an affordable cost while helping local groups and charities refresh shared spaces and create colourful murals for the community.
In 2022 alone, the Community RePaint network’s 72 schemes across the UK collected over 458,000 litres of leftover paint for reuse and redistributed over 285,000 litres to brighten 189,313 lives while saving approximately 1.2 million kg of carbon emissions through paint reuse.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Dominic Molloy, is reminding residents about the scheme and encouraging participation in, and support of, it:

The new paint reuse scheme in Mid Ulster offers a simple, local solution to the problem of waste paint. By reusing leftover paint in our community, we can bring a splash of colour to the lives of those who need it the most and help to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from being disposed of.

While visiting the HWRC to pick up the paint, you will need to sign a disclaimer and provide some details while there. This is to keep a record of where the paint is going, and to ensure compliance with legal reporting requirements. If you are not happy with the quality of the paint you have collected, please bring it back to the HWRC for recycling.
Find out more about the Paine Reuse Scheme.