Charity project adds gloss to recycling idea

A paint recycling facility is to open in Glenrothes
A paint recycling facility is to open in Glenrothes

A CHARITY funded paint recycling project, the only one of its kind in Scotland is about to open in Southfield, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Castle Furniture Project, based in Cupar have recently taken over the Repaint Scotland organisation, originally based in Glasgow and are putting the final touches to a relocation to the Buko Business Park in Southfield.

The organisation hopes to be fully up and running by mid February and will offer as many as a dozen full time and volunteer positions.

Plans and initial funding are also in place to employ a further six trainees that will receive valuable experience in all aspects of the running and recycling process, with the possibility of full time employment should the project prove a success.

Project co-ordinator, Drew Mayne explained: “The Repaint Scotland project hadn’t really taken off in Glasgow but we felt there was ample scope to make it a success so we have taken over the running.

“The aim is to recycle all types of water-based paint products and we already have agreements in place with most local authorities throughout Scotland as well as schools, paint manufactures, supermarkets and other companies.

“We think that as this is currently the only outfit of this type in the country, that there is a huge potential.

“When operating at full capacity we to be recycling almost 7,000 litres of waste water-based paint a week, that’s approximately a half a million litres a year of waste paint being diverted from landfill and waste incinerator sites.”

With around 65 per cent of waste paint recyclable the charity plan to repackage and sell at discounted prices in the future.

Local councillor, Ross Vettraino, praised the project and added: “I welcome any such recycling initiative that can offer a substantial benefit and further promote a greener environment as well as help the Glenrothes community.”