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 Paul@Recipro-UK.com 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.

Recipro sourced this article from Edie.net

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.

Recipro sourced this article from edie.net

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.

Manchester building judged as greenest in World


Last week marked the official opening of One Angel Square – the most environmentally friendly building in the world.

The 14 storey building was officially opened yesterday by the Queen who unveiled a plaque to mark the opening

The £100m offices will be the home of the Co-operative Group’s headquarters and has been declared the worlds leader in sustainable building having achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating. The rating undertaken by a team of industry experts rates the green performance of buildings across a wide range of criteria.

The building which has been constructed by principal contractor BAM includes a number of green features such as a heat recovery system to collect and recycle heat, rainwater harvesting and recycling system as well as power generation from the groups own farms.

The building has been dubbed a key project for the UK and a testament to the collaborative approach to the design and build of the offices.

One Angel Square is part of a larger scheme to redevelop 20 acres of Manchester city centre in an £800m regeneration that will be delivered as part of a 10 year programme. The overall development will be of mixed use incorporating residential, office and leisure facilities.

Recipro launches new Community RePaint outlet in East London

Recipro is delighted to announce that the newly launched ReciproCity East London has teamed up with Community RePaint East London to extend its offering to include paint.

Visitors to ReciproCity East London will find a wide range of building materials, paint and paint accessories along with a massive selection of office furniture all under one roof. The centre is located at Unit 14 Kierbeck Business Complex, North Woolwich Road, West Silvertown, London E16 2BF and is open Monday –Friday between 9am-5pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to the centre in the near future.

Community Repaint is a national scheme made up of approximately 70 members operating paint redistribution operations. The key outcomes of the project are to reduce the amount of paint going to Landfill and also to help those who cannot afford to buy new paint by supplying affordable paint.

We launched a similar scheme in Wirral in August 2013 and are delighted to announce that in the first three months we have already been able to redistribute over 2000 litres of paint.