Dulux Decorator Centre ramps up Green Goals
Dulux Decorator Centre has introduced new sustainability commitments as part of it’s aim is to contribute to making the painting and decorating industry more sustainable.
The sustainability commitments focus on reducing waste and aim to help Dulux Decorator Centre customers improve the environmental credentials of their projects and benefit the communities they work in.
Dulux Decorator Centre is aiming to triple the overall number of empty cans that it recycles by the end of 2025. Currently, the vast majority of empty cans are not returned to Dulux Decorator Centre for recycling and many of these either end up being burnt for energy recovery or some sadly end up in landfill.
Last year, Dulux Decorator Centre reached the one million milestone for recycling paint cans. The free of charge recycling scheme (in partnership with Veolia) makes it easier for tradespeople to dispose of empty Dulux Trade paint cans.
In addition to this, Dulux Decorator Centre has been working closely with Community RePaint, a social enterprise that Dulux has been sponsoring for the last 30 years. This UK wide paint reuse network collects leftover and mis tinted paint and makes it available to local charities, community groups and low-income families, therefore reducing the amount of paint that is sent to landfill.
2030 Impact Goal
Dulux Decorator Centre has also committed to positively impacting 1% of the UK population – or 680,000 people – by 2030 through decorating community spaces and training.
An important element of this is Dulux Decorator Centre’s support of the Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) scheme. VIY challenges young people to learn trade and employability skills, working with 14–24-year-olds who volunteer to carry out essential repairs and improvements to youth and community facilities. With the help of professional tradespeople who mentor the young volunteers, the social enterprise has already worked with 13,000 young people who are not in education, employment or training, across more than 700 projects since 2011.
Dulux Decorator Centre is supporting VIY by selling paint stirrers and tin openers in all its stores. Every purchase made will contribute towards young people gaining City & Guilds accreditations in Painting & Decorating.
In addition to its commitments, Dulux Decorator Centre is also making strides to increase the amount of water-based paint sold through its 230+ stores. It aims to make the switch over to more sustainable products as easy as possible for customers, especially for trim paints used on wood and metal. Dulux Decorator Centre is also moving all its high-volume wall paints over to 99.9% VOC-free (Volatile Organic Compound) with the new improved Dulux Trade Diamond Matt being the latest formulation to change***.