Crawley decorating firm calls for unwanted paint to recycle

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A Crawley decorating centre will be handing out discount vouchers in return for unwanted paint as part of a recycling project.

The Crown Decorating Centre, in Cobham Way, will take part in the Kick Out The Can recycling scheme from April 18 to May 6.

Any paint collected will be re-processed by social enterprise company Nimtech and donated to community projects through the regeneration charity Groundwork.

Leftover plastic and metal paint containers will also be recycled.

In return for bringing in their paint cans, customers will receive a 20 per cent discount voucher to use until July 31.

People can recycle up to 10 paint containers at a time. Paint will need to be in the original container with the lid securely attached and no foreign objects or substances in the cans. Aerosols and rusty cans cannot be accepted.

Mark Lloyd, sustainability manager for Crown Decorating Centres, estimated sheds, cupboards and garages across the country hold around 54 million litres of unused paint.

He said: “Last year, Kick Out The Can was a huge success.

“We teamed up with Climate Week to encourage recycling and worked in partnership with Groundwork to ensure the re-processed paint was distributed to some excellent projects such as community gardens, youth centres and social housing apprenticeship schemes.

“Householders showed us that they valued the opportunity to clear out surplus paint while also making a positive contribution to communities across the country simply through the numbers who took part in the scheme - with 5,000 tins being brought back across the Crown Decorating Centres network.”