Painting a picture of the circular economy

Posted on 20 Nov 2015 by Fred Tongue

The British Coatings Federation has been to Parliament to launch a new interim report with recommendations on how to create a circular economy for paint.

The British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) PaintCare report details plans on creating a more circular economy, including how to deliver the target of removing 50% of unused decorative paint from the waste stream.

It says that removing this waste could lead to  the creation of a new sector based around remanufacturing paints.

Circular Economy

If you are interested in finding out more about the circular economy, it is one of the central themes of The Manufacturer’s Annual Leadership Conference (TMALC) – November 25 – 26, The ICC – Birmingham.

You can find out more information here.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs(Defra) Minister Rory Stewart gave a speech to delegates that included representatives from trade associations; retailers; paint manufacturers; local and national government, and other third-party organisations.

Stewart, who has responsibility over waste, commented: “Every year , 55m litres of decorative paint is leftover in the UK, so I welcome PaintCare’s initiative.

“It is vital that we encourage innovation and make better use of our resources if we are to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and create new markets.”

Chief executive of the BCF, Tom Bowtell added: “I’m thrilled that the event was so well attended and we were delighted that the Minister could attend and support PaintCare.

“In order for PaintCare to succeed we need the Government’s backing, and I’m excited about the project’s next stages.”