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Recycled paint tins turned into bench for housing association’s haven scheme

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Neath Port Talbot housing association, Tai Tarian’s paint suppliers Crown Paints have donated a bench with a difference to a Haven scheme in Crynant, made entirely out of recycled paint cans!

While the housing association recycle their paint tins with Derwen Recyling in Neath, Crown have their own ‘Can Back’ scheme allowing all paint tins returned to the business to be recycled.

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The nationwide service has saved an estimated 8000 tonnes of paint cans from going to landfill by turning them into outdoor benches, planters or picnic tables, to be enjoyed in local communities.

Playing their part in a sustainable planet is a big priority for Tai Tarian so being gifted a bench transformed from recycled materials for Llwynon residents is fantastic.

As an added bonus the bench is located in the scheme’s biodiverse garden space, the pride and joy of many of the residents.

Esther Harris Operations Manager at Tai Tarian said: “After being customers for many years we were delighted when Crown asked us to nominate a community space that could benefit from one of their recycled benches.

The pandemic has been particularly tough for our Haven residents with their communal areas closed until quite recently. Their wonderful garden space is a real community hub at the scheme so the bench will enhance that outdoor area, allow them to socialise together and improve wellbeing.”

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Glen Cooper, Specification Technical manager at Crown added: “Crown Paints have always been proud to be a strategic supply partner to Tai Tarian and that our recycled plastic benches are a physical representation of the commitment that both businesses have to Sustainability, also people can actually use and see the commitment and effort both businesses have on recycling. The placing of this bench in a communal garden space adds the dimension of wellbeing into the environmental mix. The benches have a lifespan far in excess of a traditional timber product and we hope many people will use it to enjoy being in the fresh air for decades to come.”

(Lead image: Tai Tarian)

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