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Posted by CCORRN on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 in General

CCORRN is UK's First Paint ReManufacturing Hub For Social Reuse


On the 11th December 2015, AkzoNobel with Community RePaint, launched the first UK paint remanufacturing hub for social reuse at the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) in March, Cambridgeshire.  The hub was formally opened by the local MP for Fenland, Steve Barclay, with other local and national representatives.


The technology behind the remanufacturing process has been developed by NewLife Paints Ltd and, through AkzoNobel ongoing sponsorship, has been licensed and funded to the Community RePaint Network. The process enables leftover and surplus/end of line paint to be collected and then remanufactured into new containers, with certain additions to ensure its longevity and quality. The Cambridgeshire Community RePaint scheme, at CCORRN, was selected to be the test bed for the new technology because of the established ongoing partnership between CCORRN, Cambridgeshire County Council and Amey the council’s PFI waste management contractor.

Each year in the UK, up to 50 million litres of paint is thrown away either through landfill disposal or via incineration which is an expensive process. This paint is leftover or surplus to requirements from residents, paint manufacturers, DIY retailers, maintenance companies and waste contractors.

Over 50% of this paint is normally reusable, and currently 75 Community RePaint schemes across the UK collect some of this paint and make it available for social reuse through community groups and families on low incomes.  There is much more that needs to be done to prevent good, reusable paint from being wasted. This remanufacturing hub has plans to triple its capacity, collecting and remanufacturing a range of emulsions in neutral and pastel shades. This new remanufactured paint will then be sold at low cost into the community for social benefit.

We were thrilled to have ITV News with us on the day too. Click here to watch ITV's Emily Knight's report.

Martin Pearse, Community RePaint Network Manager, said:

“Left over paint is a challenge for our industry due to its volume and disposal cost. But with our new remanufacturing hub, we are able to show how such paint can be transformed with the value captured and put to social good.  This is an exciting next step for the wider paint industry continues its progress towards becoming more sustainable.  We are delighted to work with AkzoNobel and Newlife Paints Ltd for their foresight in bringing this technology from its R&D status to commercialisation and we look forward to rolling this out elsewhere.”

Marcus Pheasant, CCORRN CEO explained:

“Having the first hub here at CCORRN in March, Cambridgeshire is a tremendous accolade for the town and the county. It is testament to the small hardworking team of staff and volunteers who are constantly striving to improve access to reuse and recycling of resources for our community. We could not have done any of this without the support of our team, Cambridgeshire County Council, Amey, Community RePaint, AkzoNobel and Newlife Paints Ltd.   We are looking forward to helping more people make their community’s lives a little more colourful.”

Paint can be taken to Cambridgeshire County Council’s  Household Recycling Centres at Witchford, March, Milton, St Neots, Thriplow and Wisbech where it will be collected for recycling. By the end of 2017, AkzoNobel and Community RePaint intend to have four hubs across the UK processing around 500,000 litres of paint.

David Cornish, Global Sustainability Manager (Resource Efficiency), Akzo Nobel, commented:

“AkzoNobel are delighted that after a lot of hard work by all involved, the first Community RePaint remanufacturing centre is now operational in the UK. This is a major milestone in our 22-year relationship with Community RePaint, which will allow them to reuse even more leftover paint to brighten up local communities. In the future we aim to increase the number of these hubs across the UK, helping to save valuable resources and create a more circular economy for the paint industry.”

The Community RePaint Network is sponsored by Akzo Nobel and managed by independent resource efficiency consultancy, Resource Futures – a partnership that goes back 22 years.

Sam Reeve, Operations Director, Resource Futures, added:

“We are delighted that the remanufacturing hub is now open and at the same time, ringing in the changes both for the paint and resource management industries.  It is a first step towards a more circular economy for paint.  Such developments don’t need to be big to start with; it’s the small actions that often have better impact that can be built on.  It’s also a fantastic example of collaboration between several partners to deliver positive change.”

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CCORRN is a partnership between the community, public and private sector that was started in early 2003. Financial support was awarded to Cambridgeshire County Council for its establishment, from DEFRA's Recycling Challenge Fund and Enventure.

CCORRN's goal when incepted was to successfully increase the quantity of community reuse and recycling projects in the County. CCORRN is now a Company Limited by Guarantee with its Directors made up of volunteers from all the sectors involved. One full time staff member is employed as the 'Community Recycling Network Organiser' to carry out the work programme set by the Management Committee.

In the second year 2004, the network continued to build upon the first year's success. This included providing 'Seedcorn' funding for project start ups as well as holding events, workshops and visits to allow the dissemination of knowledge and best practice. By assisting groups in defining/developing and bid writing they were able to secure additional funding to develop and expand their operations.


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