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Angry homeowners complain of nowhere to dump old paint after Norfolk County Council’s cost-cutting measure

PUBLISHED: 06:45 02 June 2014

No place to dump old paint. PHOTO: IAN BURT

No place to dump old paint. PHOTO: IAN BURT

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Spring and summer are popular seasons for redecorating, clearing attics and throwing away unwanted belongings.

But across the county households have been complaining there is nowhere to dump old paint after Norfolk County Council stopped accepting it at recycling centres on April 1 as part of a £300,000 cost-cutting measure.

And angry homeowners took to social-networking site Streetlife to complain about the latest development.

Streetlife user David T asked why the useful service to households was being discontinued.

He said: “I would suggest that virtually all households have unused paint to dispose of from time to time yet now will have to pay to dispose of it.”

And North Walsham Town Councillor David Spencer said it would increase fly-tipping.

He said: “I can’t see how this is saving money, the council is not thinking straight.”

The county council, which is responsible for waste disposal, made the decision in its Putting People First consultation last autumn.

It said dealing with liquid paint. which is classed as hazardous waste, was a costly service as paint was transported to a north England treatment facility.

A county council spokesman said it would help plug its £189m funding gap for the next three years.

She said: “Of course the council would prefer to not make any changes at all to its recycling centres.

“But faced with such a huge funding shortfall, we have had no choice, and the changes that have been agreed will at least mean that all 20 of the sites in our network will remain open.”

Options for disposing of unwanted paint will include free-annual hazardous waste amnesties at recycling centres in the autumn.

And the council recommended drying out water-based emulsion and putting it into kerb side landfill bins. Metal paint tins can be recycled at recycling centres.

Unwanted paint can be advertised on community notice boards such as www.norfolkfreegle.org or Gumtree.

For more information on what waste is accepted visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

What do you think of the council’s decision to stop accepting paint at recycling centres? Email EDPletters@archant.co.uk giving your full contact details

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