Crown Paints launches 'Kick Out The Can'

Crown Paints’ award-winning community scheme, which gives householders the chance to clear their sheds, garages and cupboards of unwanted paint, is making a welcome return for Easter.

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From March 30 to April 11, the ‘Kick Out The Can’ initiative will allow people across England, Scotland and Wales to take surplus paint to the paint manufacturer’s national network of Crown Decorating Centres for recycling.

Sheds, cupboards and garages across the country are thought to hold around 54 million litres of unused paint - which customers are being encouraged to recycle during the ‘Kick Out The Can' campaign.

The paint collected in-store will be re-processed by social enterprise company Nimtech and then donated to community projects through regeneration charity Newground.

Leftover plastic and metal paint containers will also be recycled.

This is the third year Crown Paints has operated the scheme, through its network of 115 Crown Decorating Centres in mainland UK.  The initiative has secured a number of national accolades including the International CSR Award and Green Apple.

Mark Lloyd, Sustainability Manager for Crown Paints, said: “Over the years ‘Kick Out The Can’ has been a huge success, with thousands of cans returned and the re-processed paint then 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.”

Householders can return up to 10 containers of any decorative paint to their nearest Crown Decorating Centre on any single visit between March 30 and April 11.

Paint must 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.

For details of opening times at local Crown Decorating Centres visit: Alternatively, text ‘CROWN’ to 83332 to have the details of your nearest store sent straight to your mobile. Texts cost one standard message rate.