The national Kick out the Can initiative by Crown Paints, which gives residents and businesses the chance to get rid of their unwanted left over paint and get it recycled, has opened in Norfolk.
The month-long take-back scheme in Norfolk is taking place at Crown’s Decorating Centres in Norwich and Great Yarmouth between 21 March and 18 April and is timed to coincide with Climate Week.
A Kick out the Can event will also be taking place at Crown’s Decorating Centre in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire – handy for West Norfolk residents.
During the month, the centres will be accepting full and half-full cans of any brand of paint in return for a 20% off voucher to spend on new Crown paint in the stores. The metal and plastic cans will then be sent for recycling while the paint will be used in community projects.
Paula Taylor, Marketing Manager at Crown Paint said: “In an ideal world we’d use up all our paint, and Crown has lots of tips and tools to help people plan well and calculate how much paint they need when they’re doing a project.
“But many of us find we have left over paint and it can be difficult and expensive to get rid of it. Our award winning Kick out the Can campaign, now in its fourth year, offers a practical solution to this dilemma.
Toby Coke, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment Development and Transport Committee said: “This is a great recycling initiative by a world class company and we are glad to see it here in Norfolk. It complements the County Council’s popular annual household hazardous waste amnesties which we run at our biggest recycling centres each year, with the exception of Norwich, where the site is just too congested to host an event.
“Crown’s campaign will give those living in and around the city a chance to get rid of this kind of waste responsibly, without damaging our environment, with the added comfort that they are recycling more of their rubbish and that the paint will also be used to support worthwhile community projects.”
The Kick out the can events are taking place at 13 Kingsway in Norwich, Bessemer Way on Harfreys Industrial in Great Yarmouth and Queen Street in Wisbech. For more information about the times and dates please visit www.crowndecoratorcentre.co.uk/kick-out-the-can/
Norfolk County Council will be running hazardous waste amnesties – for households only – at its largest recycling centres in the Autumn this year. In the meantime, and if you are a householder and unable to visit Crown Paint’s Decorating Centre during the Kick Out The Can campaign, but need to get rid of unwanted paint, you can simply take the lid off and dry it out (you can even mix it with sand or soil to speed up the process) and then dispose of it in your normal household rubbish bin, or at any of Norfolk County Council’s recycling centres.
For more information about how residents can get rid of hazardous waste, including information about household Hazardous Waste Amnesties in Norfolk visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/hazardouswaste.