A Fresh Coat for Paint Recycling in RCT!

Working in collaboration with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind (MTIB) and the Welsh Government, Paint 360 are turning residents old paint in to new reusable paint. 

The paint, which is ‘like new’ following a hi-tech process used by Paint 360, in conjunction with construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall plc is now being used in the expansion of the newly refurbished 21st Century School -  Llwyncrwn Primary School, which is set to be opened in 2016. It could open the door for use in many other Council-run buildings.

Paint 360’s innovative product saves a lot of carbon during manufacture compared with new paint because 95% of the ingredients, including 100% of the water needed to make the paint, are already in it. This means only a small amount of ingredients are added to make its paints, making them more carbon efficient than other products. An independent assessment by The Carbon Footprint Company calculated that a contractor using one litre of this recycled paint reduces their carbon footprint – a measure of greenhouse gases used – by the same amount as if he drove five miles less in his transit van!

The new collaboration will see private sector, third sector, construction sector, local government and the Welsh Government work with the Council’s local education authority to ensure that schools are not only first class learning centres, but they are built with the environment in mind – even down to the paint on the walls. 

Richard Welfoot, MTIB CEO said: as a commercially focused Third Sector Charity that has been providing employment and training opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged persons throughout South Wales since 1923, we are always looking for new initiatives to continue our cause, so when the Welsh Government’s Innovation Team introduced us to Paint 360, we quickly saw the fantastic opportunity to link with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Waste Team to develop the project.

“Following the success of this initial contract, with continued support from the Welsh Government and Paint 360, we plan to develop the first paint recycling unit in Wales, which will not only provide substantial environmental benefits, but also the social and community benefit of providing sustainable job opportunities for disabled persons from this innovative project.” 

You can read more of how this process works at Paint 360's website: http://www.paint360.co.uk/what-we-do

Case Study

Anne Evans

Anne Evans joined MTIB’S LEAP (Learning & Employment Action Project) in January 2015, to develop her skills and gain work experience in administration. Since starting the project Anne has attended group sessions at MTIB, achieved an accredited Agored Cymru Basic Food Safety certificate and received one-to-one support to develop her administration skills, ICT skills and essential skills.