Southport staff ‘Crowned’ Champions of recycled paint scheme

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STAFF at a Southport store have been crowned ‘champions’ for their support of a recycling scheme.

Earlier this year, to mark its partnership with Climate Week 2013, Crown Paints launched the ‘Kick Out The Can’ initiative, encouraging customers to clear out garages, sheds and cupboards and return unwanted paint to one of 119 Crown Decorating Centres across the country.

Now, the team at Southport’s Crown Decorating Centre at Kensington Industrial Park, have been named Kick Out The Can Champion for the North West region after encouraging customers to return their unwanted paint for re-processing by social enterprise Nimtech ahead of being distributed to community projects around the country in partnership with regeneration charity, Groundwork.

One store from each Crown Decorating Centre region has been ‘crowned’ Kick Out The Can Champion for team members’ efforts in supporting the campaign.

Sustainability Manager at Crown Paints, Mark Lloyd, said: “We are delighted that our team members have given their full support to the Kick Out The Can initiative.

“The team at Southport worked really hard to collect the unwanted paint which was re-processed at our headquarters in Darwen.

“Social enterprise company Nimtech re-process the paint and containers for re-use and at the same time provide training and job opportunities for people struggling to find work.

“The paint has now been donated to community initiatives such as youth centres, environmental projects and social housing schemes nationwide.

“Kick Out The Can has provided many benefits for many people – none of which would have been possible without the efforts of staff at our Crown Decorating Centres.”

Staff at seven of the 119 stores have been presented with a certificate which names their store a Kick Out The Can Champion.

Elaine Burns and Karen Woods at Southport Crown Decorating Centre received the certificate for their store. Mrs Burns said: “Kick Out The Can was a big success.

“It was an easy process for people because they just brought their unwanted paint into the store and we took care of everything from there.

“We had people coming to us who had never been to our store before, so we were really pleased to have the support of those people as well as our regular customers.”

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