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Can Back

Can Back

The environment and sustainability are talked about year on year, with the sense of urgency about the need to protect the planet for generations to come a key talking point around the world.

Reducing plastic waste plays an important role in this, and many people – including decorators and tradespeople alike – are increasingly calling on large businesses and manufacturers to play their part by reducing the waste they produce.

Which is why at Crown Paints we are working with our network of Crown Decorating Centres to do better and do more. In 2013, we introduced Can Back, our paint can recycling scheme. Although performing well, in early 2021 we decided to take the plunge and extend the scheme, to now allow customers to bring back ANY paint can from ANY paint manufacturer, to be recycled by us, completely free of charge at one of our stores.

Across 2020 alone we saw more than 200 tonnes of plastic recycled thanks to the scheme – this year though, we KNOW we can do more.

The premise of the Can Back scheme is simple. Once paint cans have done their job and are empty, decorators and contractors can bring these back to a CDC and make use of our no questions asked recycling service. The only catch, cans must be clean and dry, with no more than 1cm of dried paint left.

How the scheme works

Once collected in store, cans are brought back to one of our manufacturing sites - on lorries which have delivered stock to store, thus meaning no additional transpiration is required - where the reprocessing work begins.

The process for all the paint packaging can be broken down into 3 simple steps for recycling: 

  • Scrape out paint remnants
  • Leave to ensure completely dry
  • Bale to go to recyclers

From there the metal and plastic makes its way to one of our third party suppliers, where the materials and recycled into new products for onward use.

At Crown Paints, we are extremely proud of the great work we are doing across the business to be as sustainable as possible in our day to day. We’d love for all our customers to help us on our mission too. Ask your local sales person how you can be involved today!