Painting the world a greener place

CCORRN (paint recycling) to do feature.'Will Rogowski and Michael Rowlett
CCORRN (paint recycling) to do feature.'Will Rogowski and Michael Rowlett

A PAINT recycling scheme is having a massive push in Fenland to make people aware of where it is.

Green initiative Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN) has been in a March business park for just over a year but spokesman Will Rogowski said they have very little awareness in the area.

CCORRN (paint recycling) to do feature.

CCORRN (paint recycling) to do feature.

He said: “We would like to raise our profile here and the wider Fenland area, not only to encourage people to donate paint in a responsible and sustainable manner, but more importantly to encourage take-up of the paint from individuals, families and community projects.”

CCORRN has a warehouse full of paint behind the small office off Thorby Avenue. The team collects is from six special paint banks around the county, including the two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Wisbech and March. Paint can also be taken to DIY chain Ridgeons.

After collection, the paint is checked for quality and mixed with other similar colours to fill up the tins. The refilled paint tins are then resold for around £1 per litre.

In November, a coalition of 13 organisations in Cambridge created the Cambridge Community RePaint Partnership. It saw increased collections of around 60 per cent and a higher redistribution of pain in the Cambridge area by about 2,000 litres. Will and the team of volunteers are hoping to do something similar in this area.

Anyone is welcome to go along to CCORRN and purchase paint, although the emphasis is on community groups and individuals and families on low income.

CCORRN has already helped out Street Pride and Young People March. Street Pride volunteers in Gorefield used the recycled paint to cover up graffiti on the village hall and Young People March used over 60 litres of donated paint to add a splash of colour to the community centre.

CCORRN is always on the look out for donations of paint and asks people to take their leftovers to the recycling centre when they no longer need it, rather than letting it sit in a shed or garage. Volunteers to help sort the paint, collect and distribute it are also desperately needed.

To help CCORRN, get involved or purchase paint, contact 01354-607667, email or go along to the warehouse at Unit 3, Norman Business Park, Thorby Avenue, March, PE15 0AZ, Monday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.