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BCF launches PaintCare to make better use of leftover decorative paint

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The British Coatings Federation (BFC) announced their plans to tackle the issue of leftover decorative paint, much of which ends up in landfill today.

PaintCare should help to create a circular economy, aiming to make better use of the estimated 50 million litres of leftover decorative paint generated each year in the UK. Source: BCF
PaintCare should help to create a circular economy, aiming to make better use of the estimated 50 million litres of leftover decorative paint gener...

PaintCare is an industry-led project to help create a circular economy, aiming to make better use of the estimated 50 million litres of leftover decorative paint generated each year in the country, which is enough to fill approximately 20 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Backed by various stakeholders

The project is backed by various stakeholders across the nation including decorative paint manufacturers, retailers, trade associations, waste management companies, local and national government and other third-sector organisations. These stakeholders will be confirming their commitment to help create a sustainable circular economy for leftover decorative paint, to increase reuse and remanufacturing rates from 2% to over 50%.

Creating a national network

At the BCF’s Annual Conference in Chester, Chief Executive Tom Bowtell said of the PaintCare launch: "Despite the great strides made by the UK paint industry to reduce their environmental impact, leftover paint continues to end up in landfill. We now have the ability to reuse and remanufacture paint, but challenges remain over creating a national network of drop off points at council recycling centres, finding markets for remanufactured paint and regulatory issues. The aim of PaintCare is to help remove these barriers, to create a national solution to the leftover paint problem, but this will not happen overnight and will require collaboration from all stakeholders.”

Already 2.7 million litres of paint saved

The launch of PaintCare was welcomed by David Cornish, Global Sustainability Manager for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints: "Our schemes have already saved 2.7 million litres of paint from landfill or incineration, and we are excited to build on this success together with the British Coatings Foundation. PaintCare will help us work together with other parties, especially in government and the waste industry, to address some of the more challenging problems.” Key paint brands associated with the initiative include AkzoNobel (Dulux), Craig and Rose, Crown Paints, Farrow & Ball, Green Farm Paints, Little Greene, Newlife Paints, Manor Coatings, PPG Industries (Johnstone’s and Leyland), Sherwin Williams (Ronseal) and Valspar.

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