Dulux Decorator Centre recycling scheme hits one million paint cans
Dulux Decorator Centre’s recycling scheme has hit the milestone of one million paint cans received.
The free of charge can recycling scheme makes it easier for tradespeople to dispose of empty paint cans.
Duncan Lochhead, Commercial Sustainability Manager at Dulux Decorator Centre, said: “As a champion of sustainable building practices, Dulux Decorator Centre is incredibly proud to have received one million paint cans under its recycling scheme.
“With our customers’ help, we are striving to increase the empty can recycling rate significantly and reduce our impact on the environment. According to the Construction Leadership Council, the construction of our built environment produces the largest waste stream by tonnage, and recycling paint cans is an easy way for the painting and decorating trade to do its bit and reduce this figure.
“Our can recycling scheme means that tradespeople can drop their empty products into us on their next visit. Also, if customers have partially full paint cans at the end of a job, we will work with them to donate it to good causes such as Community RePaint – a UK wide paint reuse network, sponsored by Dulux, that aims to collect leftover paint and redistribute it at an affordable cost – so nothing goes to waste.”
Donald Macphail, Chief Operating Officer – Treatment at Veolia UK, added: “This is a great example of an industry coming together to make a real difference to improve recycling. To reach our net zero goals we must take every opportunity to cut climate-changing carbon emissions.
“By recycling high-density Polyethylene paint pots up to 88% of the carbon emissions are saved compared with using virgin materials, and using recycled steel and tin saves around 60% of the emissions against extracting new resources. This is just the beginning of the journey and I encourage all in the industry to utilise this service as together we can make a huge difference to deliver ecological transformation.”
Dulux Decorator Centre accepts a wide range of dry or empty metal or plastic paint cans including Dulux, Armstead, Dulux Woodcare, Cuprinol, Sikkens, and Hammerite.
Plastic cans are shredded, washed, and sent back into the plastics market, and metal is remelted into new steel and returned to the general market.