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Posted by Cambridgeshire RePaint on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 in General

March’s Community RePaint gets the thumbs up on its first Open Day

Celebrities and politicians alike welcome the innovative scheme which
enriches the lives of people and communities around the region.

RePaint Launched


Cambridgeshire Community Reuse & Recycling Network (CCORRN) held its first ever
Community RePaint Open Day on Saturday with the help and support of celebrities and
politicians.
 
Funded and supported by both Cambridgeshire County Council and AmeyCespa,
Cambridgeshire Community RePaint collects unwanted paint from Household Waste
Recycling Centres around the county then sorts it to ensure quality and colour and
provides it to people on low incomes and benefits as well as community groups and
charities at just £1 per litre.
 
Stephen Barclay MP for North East Cambridgeshire said “I was delighted to meet Will
Rogowski of CCORRN last week and hear about the Cambridgeshire Community
RePaint scheme. Each year some 400 million litres of is sold in the UK of which a
staggering 53 million litres ends up in garages and sheds. So it is excellent to see a
scheme such as this which encourages people to recycle their leftover paint for the benefit
of people and communities.” 
 
TV’s Nick Knowles said “I take my hat off to the Cambridgeshire Community Reuse &
Recycling Network. An ingenious scheme benefitting both those in need and the
environment.”
 
Even Don the Dulux Dog made a special guest appearance on the day and Cllr Jan
French, the Mayor of March officially opened the warehouse.

See the photos from our open day here!


Up until now, the scheme had depended on its two Cambridge based distributors
Cambridge Reuse and Cambridge Woodworks as well as word of mouth to get the good
usable paint in to the hands of those who need it. Despite this CCORRN has still
managed to help hundreds of people and organisations around the region.
 
This includes the charity West Norfolk Mind who were in desperate need when they had
to move from its Head of Office and residential building in King Lynn. Eddie West-
Burnham, CEO of Mind said “we needed to redecorate the old premises in order to leave them in good condition. This was a huge undertaking which we simply could not afford
through professional services.”
 
Will Rogowski, Spokesman for CCORRN said “When we heard about Eddie’s plight we
were only too happy to help, this is what the Community RePaint scheme is all about”.
 
Eddie said “This is something which not only affected our staff but also the people we’re
trying to help, it’s all about the bottom line and affordability. We really did appreciate
CCORRN’s generous support with the paint – a positive outcome to an otherwise
depressing problem.”
 
Fenland District Council's Street Pride groups have also taken advantage of the
Community RePaint scheme to spruce up two buildings in the district by covering up
unsightly graffiti. 
 
Volunteers in Gorefield used the recycled paint on the village hall and their counterparts
in Whittlesey joined with Community Payback workers from the probation service to
carry out similar work at the Oatsheaf pub in the town.
 
Jeanette Milner, Street Pride's coordinator, said: "Both buildings had become a bit of an
eyesore and painting over the graffiti has made them look a whole lot better. By teaming
up with other partners and using the RePaint scheme we were able to do all the work at
little cost to ourselves, so everyone has benefited."  
 
Others who have recently benefitted include Open Road in Kings Lynn, Mencap
Cambridge, Momentum Arts, Cambridge Women’s Resource Centre, Young People
March and the Prince’s Trust as well as local authority family intervention officers &
social inclusion officers helping people most in need.
 
Will Rogowski said “we have been working tirelessly over the past few months and
having disposed of over 23 tons of bad paint which is being transformed in to fertilizer
and have erected shelving and put up new signage to create a safe retail style
environment for people to come and select their needs we are now ready to open our
doors and encourage people and organisations to make good use of our services. To this
end, we have marked the occasion with an interesting and exciting open day.”
 
CCORRN was able to engage local community and charity groups who had a number of
stalls and displays raising funds and awareness for their own causes. 
 
“Most importantly, we were delighted to have Help for Heroes in attendance on this our
Armed Forces Day. It was an absolute pleasure to support this deserving cause” said
Will.

You can download the full press release for the Launch Day here (PDF Viewer required)


 

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