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• Dulux Dog Launches New Paint Reuse and Recycling Scheme: Press Releases [12.01.2011]
Don the Dulux dog was on hand to launch Cambridgeshire’s new paint reuse and paint tin recycling schemes at Milton household recycling centre, Butt Lane, Milton on Tuesday 11th January 2011.
The bouncy Old English Sheepdog helped Councillor Linda Oliver, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, David Cornish, Strategic Projects Manager for Dulux paints, Jemma Alston, Contracts Manager for Donarbon Ltd, Martin Pearse, Community RePaint Network Manager and Nikki DiGiovanni Programme Manager for Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network to cut a ribbon across the doors of one of the new paint collection banks and to put the first tins of paint into the banks.
The paint reuse scheme is being set up by Cambridgeshire County Council and Waterbeach based waste management company Donarbon, which is providing paint collection banks at 6 recycling centres across Cambridgeshire, in conjunction with the UK-wide Community RePaint Network (managed by Resource Futures). Residents will be able to bring paint tins with useable paint in them to these banks. The Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network (CCORRN), based in Foundry Way, March will then organise the collection of the paint for use by local charities, community groups, housing associations and individuals in social need.
This will be the first county where Dulux will also launch a nationwide trial to collect empty paint tins for recycling. Special paint tin cages will be placed at all 9 of Cambridgeshire’s household recycling centres. The cages will accept empty paint tins, whether made from metal or plastic, from local residents. The paint tins will then be collected for recycling. If this trial in Cambridgeshire, and three other council areas across England, proves successful, Dulux may expand the recycling scheme nationwide. So Cambridgeshire residents can bring both part filled paint tins for reuse and empty paint tins for recycling to the county’s recycling centres.
Around 400 million litres of paint are sold in the UK each year, and it is estimated that around 56 million litres of this is left over, much of which could be reused. Recent research suggests that on average every household in the UK has 17 part filled old tins of paint stored in sheds and garages.
David Cornish, Strategic Projects Manager for Dulux Paints said, “Dulux are delighted to have sponsored the UK wide Community RePaint network since 1993, and are now excited about launching a new household paint container recycling collection trial in England, with Cambridgeshire being the first of 4 areas to participate. We are grateful to Donarbon and Cambridgeshire County Council for agreeing to be part of the trial.”
Councillor Tony Orgee, lead member for economy and the environment at Cambridgeshire County Council said, “Cambridgeshire’s residents are among the top recyclers in the country and are always asking us to provide new ways of recycling more materials. This new scheme will help residents re-use and recycle a very common material, paint, which if landfilled can be harmful to the environment. It is also a great example of what we can achieve when we work with local charities and community groups, and private companies like our PFI partner Donarbon and Dulux. I hope residents will make the most of this new scheme.”
Martin Pearse, Community RePaint Network Manager said, “There are over 65 Community RePaint schemes across the UK and this one in Cambridgeshire is the latest. We, at Resource Futures, run the UK network which sets up and supports these schemes, which divert tins of paint from landfill and redistributes them to community organisations, sports clubs and families in need. We have been really pleased to work with CCORRN and Donarbon over the last few months to set up this scheme for the whole of the county, and the partnership working has been first class”.
Nikki DiGiovanni Programme Manager for CCORRN said“As a network of community groups supporting community reuse and recycling across Cambridgeshire we are delighted to be undertaking this scheme so that we can ensure that Cambridgeshire’s reusable paint gets used by individuals and community groups who need the paint to make life a little brighter.”
Jemma Alston, contracts manager for Donarbon Ltd said “We are happy to be providing funding for the paint banks so that Cambridgeshire residents can recycle more and local charities and community groups will benefit from the materials collected, as part of joint working with the County Council. Anyone with paint tins to recycle or for paint for reuse can ask the staff at the Household Recycling Centres we manage for help”.
Notes to the Editor
1. For more information contact Mark Shelton, Waste Promotions Manager at Donarbon, 01223 815467 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org orSimon Lacey, Communications and Media Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council, tel. 01223 712547, or e-mail email@example.com
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