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Crown Paints Kick Out The Can

A recycling scheme, which offers a colourful boost to community projects, has won an environmental business award.

Crown Paints Kick Out The Can initiative was launched earlier this year in association with Climate Week 2013 in a bid to encourage the re-use of unwanted paint lurking in sheds, cupboards and garages across the nation.

crown paints kick out the canNow the scheme, which has supported community projects throughout England and Wales, is to receive a gong at the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice 2013.

The awards ceremony, which will be held at the House of Commons on Monday, November 11, recognises companies, councils and communities which have pioneered measures to protect the environment.

Crown Paints’ Sustainability Manager, Mark Lloyd, said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to see the wonderful results achieved so far by our Kick Out The Can initiative.

“Kick Out The Can saw 5,000 tins of surplus paint returned to our network of 119 Crown Decorating Centres across the country and we’d like to thank all those people who supported the scheme. Working with social enterprise Nimtech at our site in Darwen, Lancashire, the paint was reprocessed and then distributed to community projects. The unwanted paint has now helped to rejuvenate park benches, brighten up gardens, sheds and workshops at a number of community projects – and is even educating young people as part of a scheme offering building and construction skills while renovating abandoned properties”.

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