Donate unwanted paint as ‘kick out the can’ returns to Bedford

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An award-winning recycling scheme is hoping its fifth anniversary year will be the biggest and best yet, with a little help from homeowners in Bedford.

With the return of the annual Kick Out The Can recycling campaign, Crown Decorating Centres’ are urging householders to bring unwanted paint containers into their local store on Kingfisher Business Park, to help the environment and charitable projects nationwide.

Last year saw the most successful Kick Out The Can campaign yet with 20,000 containers of surplus paint brought into the network of 135 Crown Decorating Centres – and in a bid to further the good work, Crown is expanding this year’s campaign to run for an entire month.

Homeowners can drop off any brand of unwanted paint at their local Crown Decorating Centre from April 1 to April 30 and as a thank you they receive a 20 per cent discount voucher which is redeemable throughout 2017.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign has collected more than 50,000 tins of unwanted paint since its launch in 2013.

In that time, thousands of litres of paint have been given a new lease of life and donated to community projects and deserving causes across the UK.

Crown Paints sustainability manager, Mark Lloyd said: “We are proud to have achieved our most successful year yet in 2016, but there is certainly no room for complacency.

“Sheds, cupboards and garages across the country are thought to hold around 54 million litres of unused paint – and we are keen to ensure it is disposed of both responsibly and usefully.

“The whole Kick Out The Can process keeps sustainability at its heart– from sending paint back to our head office in vans that have delivered paint to the stores, to giving both the paint and containers a new lease of life.

“The paint collected in-store is reprocessed by our social enterprise partner, NIMTECH, at our Lancashire headquarters.

“Once it is reprocessed the paint is then donated to community projects right across the country, while leftover containers are also recycled and turned into garden benches and planters among other things.”

To find your nearest Crown Decorating Centre and for details of opening times visit: www.crowndecoratorcentre.co.uk