Community RePaint scoops Green Apple Award

This years Green Apple Awards in London celebrated the continuing success of the Community RePaint scheme with a Gold Award in the Community and Charity category.

Network Coordinator Martin Pearse attended the awards event which was held on the 11th November at the Houses of Parliament in London and was delighted to pick up the award on behalf of the network.

The Green Apple Awards have been running since 1994 as an annual recognition for best practice in the sustainability world.

As one of over 70 Community RePaint schemes it is fantastic achievement for all concerned and we look forward to being part of the continuing growth of the network.

Last year the Community RePaint network collected in excess of 400,000 litres of paint, redistributing nearly 250,000 litres back into community projects, charities and individuals. Here at Community Repaint Wirral this year we are on course to collect over 30,000 litres of paint and redistribute in excess of 25,000 litres of paint. Obviously we are delighted with our performance in our first full year and are continually looking at ways to grow the scheme to help more people.

Once again thanks to all those that has supported both ourselves and the network this year which has made our input so rewarding and the recognition that has been achieved possible.

Community RePaint Wirral

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families, communities and charities in need, improving the well being of people and the appearance of places across the UK.

Where to get paint:

ReciproCity Wirral
Unit 5 New Way Business Park
Oakdale Road
CH44 7HT

Tel: 0151 639 0651

Open Times:

Monday – 8.30am – 5pm
Tuesday – 8.30am – 5pm
Wednesday – 8.30am – 5pm
Thursday – 8.30am – 5pm
Friday – 8.30am – 5pm
Saturday – 10am – 4pm
Sunday – CLOSED

We are open to the general public, community groups and charities and all our paint is sold for just £1 per litre (+VAT)!

Where to donate paint:

Bidston Household Waste Recycling Centre
Wallasey Bridge Rd,
CH41 1EB

Operating times

April to end of September
Mon to Sun:
8am to 8pm

October to end of March
Mon to Sun:
8am to 5pm

To donate your paint please ask the people on site to point you to where they keep all paint, it is then separated into reusable and non-reusable paint we then collect all reusable paint and process it at the centre.

For Trade please make separate arrangements directly with Recipro, call the Recipro team on 0151 639 0651 or email

ReciproCity & Community RePaint Wirral is a part of the national Community RePaint Network

Project Recover: New Life from Old Paint

Leading global design and innovation company Seymourpowell has collaborated with leading global paint company AkzoNobel Decorative Paints to explore and improve the process of recycling used paint — thus closing the loop of paint production

As part of a project jointly funded by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, Seymourpowell have a made this educational video highlighting the possibilities, as well as the benefits, of paint recycling.

Recipro thought they’d share this great video with all our users too!



Community RePaint Wirral Accessories List

Since taking over the running of Community Repaint Wirral, Recipro have slowly started to expand our accessories range to become a one stop shop for all the DIYers and decorators in the community.

We are now confident that we can provide top quality paint at a fraction of the cost in shops as well as the accessories you’ll need to get the job done.

Below is a list and price of all the different accessories we have available, if you would like to make an order please email or call 0844 225 3000.

Description Retail Price (Excludes VAT) £
0.5″ Paint Brush £0.30
1″ Paint Brush £0.40
1.5″ Paint Brush £0.50
2″ Paint Brush £0.60
3″ Paint Brush £0.70
5 Brush Pack £1.50
10 Brush Pack £2.50
Wallpaper Hanging Brush £1.50
Wood Preserver Block Brush £1.50
Masonry Block Brush £1.50
9″ Medium Pile Roller & Tray £1.50
9″ Extension Pole Roller £2.50
9″ Medium Pile Spare Sleeve £0.80
4″ Radiator Roller £1.50
10 Pack 4″ Emulsion Mini Roller Sleeves £3.00
4″ Emulsion Mini Roller and Tray £1.50
12x 9 Dustsheet £0.50
Chisel Knife £1.50
3″ Wall Scraper £1.50
4″ Wall Scraper £2.00
SandPaper Pack of 20 £2.00
17 Piece Mega Value Set – Brushes, Roller, Sandpaper, Dustsheet £5.00

Number of Landfill Sites Decrease

Since the UK fell into recession in 2008 there have been 150 landfill site closures with 20 coming in the last 12 months.

A recent study by BDS Marketing Research has estimated that UK landfill sites now take less than 30 million tonnes of waste. This is the lowest level of waste being landfilled and has happened for several reasons – the landfill tax escalator, moves to divert materials into alternative treatment routes, and a lack of granted site extensions.

According to the research, the largest national landfill company continues to be FCC Environment, with Viridor overtaking Biffa as the second largest landfill operator. Together, these three companies are estimated to have around 40% of the market.

There are marked differences at regional level. In most parts of England, the leading six landfill companies represent over 80% of the market. Northern England, Wales and Scotland, buck that trend though, with the largest operators having a much smaller share of the market. In these areas, the shares of the leading companies represent around 70% or less of the total landfill market.

Recipro exists to lower the amount of brand new and reusable materials entering the waste and recycling streams. We welcome the decline of landfill sites and hope that the UK’s waste efficiency continues to improve.

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Surplus Food Centre Opens in Yorkshire

Here at Recipro we are dedicated to redistributing surplus resources for the benefit of the wider community. Our construction surplus centres (ReciproCties) have been able to help many people to access building materials at low prices. Now it appears that the first surplus food ‘social supermarket’.

The ‘supermarket’ located in Goldthorpe, sells food and drink for up to 70% less than on the high-street. The centre has been located in an area of high social deprivation and if successful could be replicated in other locations across Britain. The centre will be limited to those who live in specific postcodes and receive welfare support.

The ‘social supermarket’ opens its doors today for the first time and will not only provide cheap food materials to individuals in or on the verge of social poverty but also to offer financial and budgeting advice as well as cookery skills.

The scheme has received support from a number of high profile retailers and manufacturers including Asda, Tesco, M&S, Co-operative Food, Morrison’s amongst others. They have all committed to diverting surpluses into the pilot scheme at Goldthorpe.

We wish the scheme every success, its great to see other centres committed to repatriating surplus assets and taking active steps to ascending the waste hierarchy benefiting both the environment and local communities.

Reducing Green Levies could result in 10,000 jobs being lost

The UK Green Building Council and the construction industry has warned the Government to be cautious when thinking of cuts to “green levies” on energy bills as it could risks the loss of 10,000 construction and insulation jobs.

The body warns that there could be job cuts before Christmas if the Chancellor unveils measures to cut or scale-back Energy Company Obligation in the Autumn statement on 5 December.

Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said: “We have invested heavily in establishing a business to respond to the projected market opportunities of energy efficiency under ECO.  Over the next year we anticipated employing more than 400 tradesmen installing insulation to solid walled properties.”

“But if ECO funding is cut, this work will simply come to a grinding halt and these jobs will be lost, with thousands more at risk in the wider industry.”

The Association of the Conservation of Energy has estimated that there are currently 33,000 people in employment as a result of ECO and the Green Deal.

Prime Minister David Cameron has already given the impression he will be scaling back the green levies following the public debate on the cost they add to household energy bills, even though according to the Government’s own project the number of jobs will rise to 60,000 jobs in 2015.

Paul King, Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: “The Prime Minister needs to realise that going after ECO in a bid to cut household energy bills could end up costing 10,000 construction and insulation jobs. That will decimate the very industry that is helping people – including some of the most vulnerable in society – reduce their bills in the long-term.”

Recipro sourced this article from Construction Enquirer.


More hot air for Sustainability

Many cynics will declare that there is plenty of hot air in the world of sustainability, but now hot air also means action with an innovative new scheme working with the London Underground.

Trudging through the London Underground is hot work especially with lap top and luggage in tow. When you factor in the vast crowds of people rushing to and fro in a mass frenzy to reach immanent departures intent on avoiding the two minute wait to the next train it can be a pretty heated experience.

Now though at least some of the heat produced by the London Underground will be going to good use with the announcement that 500 local homes in Islington will benefit from waste heat.

The London Underground generates large volumes of heat and a new partnership between Islington Council, Transport for London, UK Power Networks and the Mayor of London will help to channel this heat into homes.

The £3.7m scheme will channel hot air from a ventilation shaft and sub station on the Northern Line into an existing heating and power network and will be used to heat approximately 500 homes in Islington.

The scheme is a potentially exiting innovation with Councillor Rakhia Ismail, (Islington Council’s executive member for sustainability) dubbing this a “boost to our work to tackle fuel poverty and make Islington a fairer place.

 Recipro sourced this article from the Construction Enquirer

Backhauling – cutting costs, carbon and hygiene standards?


An argument has arisen over the use of grocery logistics vehicles being used to backhaul waste products after it emerged that Tesco had being using their vehicles to do exactly this.

The story has brought to light a practice whereby Tesco have stopped the use of a waste contractor for general rubbish instead using its own fleet to pick up rubbish from stores following delivery. Despite Tesco’s insistence that the practice causes no risk to hygiene other supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose have moved to declare that they would not utilise this practice as potential contamination risks exist.

Surely however the principle is correct; where Tesco is concerned they have estimated that this could result in a reduction of 20,000 vehicle journeys, a significant reduction in carbon as well as traffic. Economically this also seems to be common sense, the practice will undoubtedly result in lower costs associated with waste movements.

The issue appears to be more concerned with a matter of potential contamination; Tesco currently place the general rubbish (which includes packaging and leftover food) into bags which are then placed in a cage lined with plastic. They also insist that before any further food is transported the vehicles are cleared and inspected. If this is true and the practice is able to maintain appropriate hygiene then I only see this is a beneficial and sustainable move. Obviously, if the process is not as robust as outlined then problems are likely to occur. After all it is a legal requirement that containers used for transporting food must be kept clean and well maintained.

Sainsbury’s also backhaul general rubbish by using plastic bags in crates which are washed out between each use.

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Banning Food Waste to Landfill?

Food Waste, it’s on everyone’s lips, but not literally. Its one of the fashionable environmental topics of the moment but today we are looking at whether a UK landfill ban on food waste would represent a positive and realistic step. With Christmas around the corner it seems an appropriate time to discuss; with the most wasteful period of the year looming large.

In the UK household food waste alone amounts to 7.3 million tonnes, 35% of which is sent to landfill. Could existing waste infrastructure manage the remainder?

A number of people believe that the biggest opportunity for food waste lies in the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry which produces energy waste. The volume and availability of feedstock make it on paper a straightforward answer to the problem. However, others see potential pitfalls in the scheme not least the cost in upstream infrastructure to ensure segregation of food waste at source. Currently only about 20% of households have separate food waste collections.

Many argue that the ban has the potential to lead to a large increase in incineration if the infrastructure was not fully applied.

This has further sparked debate regarding the economical advantages of the ban, it has been estimated that £508m could be saved in avoided landfill costs and a further £693m generated from AD. Others argue (including a feasibility study conducted by WRAP) that the additional costs of incineration and mechanical biologic treatment (MBT) would result in a ‘net cost to society’.

It remains to be seen whether a landfill ban on food waste will become a reality, both the coalition and the opposition have pledged to look at the ban as a potential solution. This is however not the first time that this policy has raised its head after a push five years ago which was later abandoned.  In fact this political uncertainty may prove to be a further barrier to the scheme as it has created a greater doubt in the mind of the banks looking at investing in the waste sector.

Recipro will watch with interest how the Government look at moving forward on the issue of food waste; we trust that the ‘waste hierarchy’ will be considered in its entirety. The volume of food waste is considerable; the first steps should be to bring this quantity into a more manageable level before looking at other options.