Andrea Pound and Andy Bibbins at Proper Job?s RePaint cabin�

Community RePaint West Devon celebrates late 25th anniversary

Laura White
Laura White

Proper Job, a community re-use and recycling centre in Chagford, is celebrating the 25th year of their Community RePaint scheme, having first opened their doors to paint reuse in 1996. The celebrations have been delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff and volunteers from Community RePaint West Devon have been collecting paint that would otherwise have gone for disposal, and redistributed it to individuals, charities and community groups at affordable prices to help brighten homes and community spaces.

The scheme opened on 20th June, 1996, and in the past 25 years has prevented more than 60,000 litres of paint from going to waste. Since opening, the scheme has brightened the lives of over 50,000 people in the West Devon region through individual and group sales.

The scheme is hosted by Proper Job, Devon’s leading community re-use centre. The objectives are the protection and preservation of the environment by the promotion of waste reduction, re-use and recycling and advancing the education of the general public about all aspects of waste generation, waste management and waste recycling. Everything from baths, crockery and clothes to garden furniture and building materials can be bought at a fraction of their original cost, meaning you not only save money, but also go some way to leading a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

Community RePaint West Devon 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.

“The aim of celebrating our birthday is not only to mark this important milestone, but also to raise awareness of the scheme locally so more people can benefit,” said Proper Job’s General Manager Alison Sallis. “Community RePaint West Devon 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.”

The Community RePaint network manager, Martin Pearse, reflected; “Community RePaint West Devon has done a fantastic job over the last 25 years. The celebrations provide a great opportunity to recognise all the hard work that has gone into making the scheme such a success and to reflect on all the achievements which has brightened community spaces and homes over the years. We are excited to continue supporting the scheme and look forward to seeing what is accomplished over the next 25 years and more.”

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 Community RePaint West Devon to find out more on 01647 432985, email on info@proper-job.org or visit them during their opening hours to purchase paint. Proper Job is based at Market Field, Crannafords Industrial Park, Chagford, Devon, TQ13 8DR. Opening times are Tuesday – Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

If you are a trader, paint manufacturer or retailer with leftover paint please 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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