Did you know about The Community RePaint network (which is sponsored by Dulux), that gives away free paint to those in need?
What it does, is collects leftover paint and redistributes it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need. It’s an amazing idea.
There are over 70 schemes based around the country, distributing over 330,000 litres of paint each year in local areas – and no two schemes are the same.
How to get the free paint
You can choose between needing a little paint (for a room or so) or a lot of paint (for a larger community project).
You’ll then need to find your nearest scheme (remember, all are different, with different rules).
The first one that pops up is Barnet for example, which does give away totally free paint for those who need it. While the next one along, Basingstoke, charges £2 per litre for full containers.
None of them (that I could see anyway) specifies what ‘in need’ means in regards to individuals, so it’s worth calling up your local scheme to check that you’re ok to pick some up.
Can I give away paint too?
Why funny you ask – you totally can.
If you have any paint leftover from a project, you can pass it on to your local scheme via a drop off point to help someone else out (there’s no point it going to waste eh?)
Need free DIY bits and bobs too?
The most popular article on my site is this free DIY B&Q stock article, which is a wastage scheme B&Q runs to get rid of old stock it doesn’t need anymore.
You need to be part of a group who is going to use the items for the good of the community, so unlike the above scheme which is suitable for individuals – this isn’t – but people have got things like Christmas trees and even sheds in the past. Find out more about it here.