JUST about every household will have tins of half-used paint squirreled away in garages, sheds and cupboards.
Most of the millions of litres of unused paint will eventually end up in landfill.
Now a North East decorating company is to launch its own label eco-friendly emulsion, based on recycled paint, and decorating materials.
The Earth Friendly Paints product comes from Tynemouth Decorators Ltd who are working with paint recycling firm Newlife.
Newlife takes emulsion paint from the waste stream and reprocesses it into premium quality emulsion paint.
Steven Hull, managing director of Tynemouth Decorators, has been involved with Newlife for several months carrying out tests with the recycled paint.
“The eco-friendly paint brand has now been formulated to our requirements and our specification standards, and is as good as new products,” said Mr Hull.
“There is no difference between the recycled and new paint.
“From this waste and leftover paint we are able to provide not only a high-quality, durable range of paints which will be available to large commercial organisations and the public, but we will all be helping to reduce the impact on the planet.” The recycled paint has been trialled by Kier North Tyneside, which is a joint venture company formed between North Tyneside Council and Kier Building Maintenance to deliver a repairs and maintenance service for North Tyneside’s social housing and public buildings.
Tynemouth Decorators have been working on kitchen and bathroom refurbishments on 21 homes in North Shields, North Tyneside, for Kier.
Kier will carry out improvements and repairs to North Tyneside Council’s 16,000 housing stock and other council-owned property for an initial 10-year term.
Kier spokesman Kevin Dean said that the recycled paint product had been used in the North Shields work and this would be repeated on another scheme at Howdon, Gateshead.
“It is as good, if not better, than the paint we have been using,” said Mr Dean.
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