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Waste & Recycling

At Crown Paints we understand the importance of minimising any waste as a result of our manufacturing processes. We have produced several initiatives to help keep this to a minimum whilst at the same time carrying out recycling activities.

We are committed to conducting all our business activities in an environmentally responsible manner. A large step on our journey towards environmental sustainability was a comprehensive waste management strategy. To support this we agreed to appoint Centrol Recycling Group as our waste management partner.

Our joint aim was to minimize the waste we send to landfill, and in so doing maximise the value of our waste materials as a resource. Centrol employed a suite of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to measure and report the waste we produce. These results have given encouragement for the successes we have achieved to date, and were helpful in identifying areas for further improvement. Being waste efficient meant segregating as much of our waste as possible before it ever left the site. In 2013 57.5% of waste managed by Centrol was recycled, whilst 42.5% went to waste to energy.

Kick out the Can

To mark our partnership with Climate Week we opened the doors to our network of 133 Crown Decorating Centres across England, Wales and Scotland to enable people to return their surplus paint for recycling, as part of our ‘Kick Out The Can’ scheme.

The paint was processed by our recycling partners, Nimtech who are a social enterprise operating on our Darwen site. Once processed, it was donated to community projects and the leftover plastic and metal paint containers were recycled. Crown Paints’ partner, the regeneration charity Groundwork, distributed the recycled paint to worthy causes nationwide. The donations were managed by environmental charity, Newground (formerly Groundwork Pennine Lancashire), who Crown Paints have worked closely with on a widerange of sustainability projects.