Kicking out the cans

A community scheme which gives householders the chance to clear their sheds, garages and cupboards of unwanted paint is making a return to Northumberland.

Friday, 25th March 2016, 5:00 am
Preparing for the Kick Out The Can campaign.

The Kick Out The Can initiative will allow people to take surplus paint to their nearest Crown Decorating Centre for recycling, from now until April 18.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign has collected more than 30,000 thousand tins of unwanted paint since its launch.

It is re-processed by social enterprise company Nimtech and then donated to community projects. The scheme has seen more than 2,000 litres of paint given to deserving schemes across the UK.

Plastic and metal paint containers are also recycled.

Mark Lloyd, sustainability manager for Crown Decorating Centres, said: “Last year’s Kick Out The Can was the very best year so far and we are keen to keep building on this success.

“Householders showed us that they valued the opportunity to clear out surplus paint while also making a positive contribution to communities across the country - with 9,000 tins being brought back across the Crown Decorating Centres network of 135 stores.

“In addition, as a thank you to supporters of the scheme, anyone who brings in their unwanted paint will receive a 20 per cent discount voucher, which they can use in-store until the end of the year.”

Householders can return up to ten containers of any decorative paint to their nearest Crown Decorating Centre on any single visit between March 21st and April 18th.

Paint must be in the original container with the lid securely attached and no foreign objects or substances in the cans. Aerosols and rusty cans cannot be accepted.

For details of the nearest store visit:, text CROWN to 83332 to have the details of your nearest store sent straight to your mobile. Texts cost one standard message rate.