The benches are made entirely using recycled plastic, a percentage of which comes from paint cans collected as part of Crown’s Can Back scheme, run via its UK-wide network of 140 plus decorating centres. The cans are processed by social enterprise company, NIMTECH at Crown’s two manufacturing plants in Darwen and Hull, before being turned into a limited number of new benches every year.
Each bench is donated by Crown Paints to projects where it will make the most difference – whether that’s a social housing development, care home, hospital or school. The five local authorities that were selected last year have all undergone large-scale decoration works, and Crown’s specification team felt a bench would be beneficial to the residents of each scheme.
Crown donated benches to Poplar House retirement complex in Cardiff and Anchor Hanover’s St Clements Court retirement housing scheme in Folkstone to allow residents at both schemes to make the most of the outside facilities.
Residents of Shropshire Town and Rural Housing’s New Century Court in Oswestry are already enjoying their new bench following a refurbishment by contractor Novus Property Solutions while Habinteg Housing Association also received a new bench for its Moira Close development in north London after a refurbishment programme completed by Bell Group.
Finally, the garden space at the West Walk flats scheme in Barry is currently being redeveloped for residents and the new bench donated to the scheme by Crown will give residents somewhere to relax and enjoy their new outdoor space once complete.
Philip Cefai, managing director at Crown Paints comments: “As a manufacturer we’re wholly committed to reducing the amount of waste we produce and by working together with our customers we can limit our impact on the environment. The recycled plastic benches will give residents at the schemes we’ve chosen somewhere to relax, enjoy their outdoor space and socialise together – making it a great way to help improve their wellbeing as well as protecting our environment for future generations to enjoy.”
Working closely with NIMTECH has enabled Crown to dramatically improve its waste reduction programme so much so that by 2017, 65 per cent of all waste created at the company’s two manufacturing plants, head office and network of decorating centres, was either reused or recycled.
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