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Parliament Hears PaintCare UK Agenda

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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A paint recycling initiative is gaining ground in Great Britain where coatings manufacturers recently made recommendations for a plan to Parliament.

The British Coating Federation (BCF) presented its 15 recommendations, along with an interim report, on the country’s PaintCare program. The group seeks to eliminate 50 percent of leftover architectural paint from the country’s general waste deposits, according to a BCF statement announced Nov. 19.

“I’m thrilled that the event was so well attended and we were delighted that the Minister could attend and support PaintCare,” said Tom Bowtell, chief executive for BCF. “In order for PaintCare to succeed we need the Government’s backing, and I’m excited about the project’s next stages.”

The event brought together “decorative”—or architectural—paint manufacturers; retailers; trade associations; waste management companies; local and national government; and other third-party organizations. It included a speech from Defra Minister Rory Stewart to a room of delegates from the House of Commons, according to the statement.

UK Beginnings

As previously reported, PaintCare UK—a twin of the U.S. PaintCare program—was launched in May. The program in the states began in Oregon in 2010 and has been gaining momentum nationwide since.

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PaintCareUK has introduced its 15 recommendations and interim report on how it will increase the country's recycled architectural paint from 2 percent to 50 percent.

Earlier this year, PaintCare UK reported that the country generates about 50 million liters of leftover architectural paint per year. The volume is large enough to fill 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Only about 2 percent of the country’s leftover paint is currently recycled.

Paint brands collaborating on 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.

New Report

PaintCare UK broke down its agenda in its “Recommendations and interim report” into four categories: general recommendations; recommendations for the paint industry; recommendations for the central government; and recommendations for local government.

Among its recommendations, the group suggested:

  • All stakeholders volunteer to become part of PaintCare;
  • Waste packaging stakeholders related to the industry identify ways to recycle the 14,000 tons produced annually;
  • Retailers help consumers buy the right amount of paint for the job;
  • Industry leaders introduce a protocol for remanufacturing leftover paint;
  • A government-stimulated remanufactured paint market, including use in government projects and business-rate exemption for charitable groups that use it;
  • Ensuring that transporting used and leftover paint does not impose a burden on the transporter;
  • Local government officials agree to accept leftover paint at Household Waste Recycling Centers; and
  • Using landfill taxes to help support community groups committed to establishing paint reuse guidelines.

For more information on the PaintCareUK, email the BCF at


Tagged categories: Architectural coatings; Decorative Finishes; Europe; Government; Green coatings; North America; Paint recycling; Paint recycling; PaintCare program

Comment from john lienert, (12/1/2015, 10:13 AM)

Way to GO !!!

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