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A bench made from recycled paint pots has been donated to residents of Islington Flats in Halesowen as part of a national recycling campaign.

Bell Decorating Group, which is delivering works in the communal areas of the flats on Islington Road, worked in conjunction with Dudley Council to have it installed.

Crown paints made the bench as part of its national work with social enterprise charity NIMTECH, which has saved an estimated 800 tonnes of paint cans from going to landfill.

It was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley, alongside Bell Group and Crown Paints representatives last week. Partners C7, DFTRA and Dudley Housing were also involved.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley, said:

It was a pleasure to meet the residents of Islington Flats who are set to benefit from this generous donation. Recycling paint cans into useful items like this bench is a great way to make use of a waste product.
I hope the tenants and residents enjoy their new bench and continue to share their thoughts and ideas with the tenant participation team.

Bell Group will be working with Dudley Council’s tenant participation team to deliver future events at Islington Flats, including environmental initiatives, and there are plans for there to be a Housing Forum Group to be created there in the near future.

Bell Group, Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Selina David said:

We always use the works we deliver in the community to make a positive impact this includes sustainability, working with our long term suppliers Crown. It’s great to be able to use waste to create something for the residents to enjoy.


Notes to editors

Bell Group's companywide recycling scheme ensure unused materials and paint is given to scheme Managers for future touch up or returned to their branch to use elsewhere on the project.

Empty Cans are given back to Crown a part of their ‘Can Back’ scheme which in turn creates more benches and they also arrange for left-over paint to be distributed to local community groups, charities, churches, etc. or colleges for training, which their employees volunteer to support. 

As a result of the partnership, Crown has saved an estimated 800 tonnes of paint cans from going to landfill thanks to its ‘Can Back’ service with NIMTECH. Through the long-running scheme, empty paint cans are collected from Crown’s network of more than 150 decorating centres, recycled and turned into brand-new outdoor benches by NIMTECH.

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