Readers’ letter: Thanks for supporting our paint appeal


Earlier this year a Copley Hill business called on West Leeds residents to help support a national campaign to recycle paint – and support charity at the same time. In a readers’ letter bosses at Crown Decorating Centre thank Dispatch readers for their support.

I am writing to say a very big thank you to people in Leeds for helping their local Crown Decorating Centre on Copley Hill Trading Estate to achieve record recycling results.
The figures for our annual Kick Out The Can unwanted paint recycling scheme are now in and we have achieved by far the best response ever. 
This is the fourth year we have now run the campaign and each year the public has shown more and more support in returning containers of surplus paint to Crown Decorating Centres across the UK. 
Over the four-week campaign, earlier this year, the final total amounted to an amazing 28,000 cans of unwanted paint being returned to stores compared to 20,000 in 2016.
Sheds, cupboards and garages across the country are thought to hold around 54 million litres of unused paint, and this annual scheme aims to give a new lease of life to the product.
All of the paint brought into the stores is now being reprocessed by our social enterprise arm, NIMTECH, and then it will be distributed to deserving community projects across the UK.
We are delighted that local people have once again taken the trouble to bring their unwanted paint into the store and contributed to a real recycling success story, and if you know of any charitable or community groups who would benefit from a donation of paint, please feel free to get in touch at
Once again, thank you for helping us to recycle old paint for a greater community good – we couldn’t have done it without you.
Mark Lloyd, Sustainability Manager
Crown Decorating Centres






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