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

No place to dump old paint. PHOTO: IAN BURT No place to dump old paint. PHOTO: IAN BURT

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Monday, June 2, 2014
6:45 AM

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

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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

16 comments

  • Don't worry! As government withdraws from providing services, the Big Society will rush in and fill the gap..........................................won't it? ;)

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    marty r

    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

  • Put it on Freecycle or better yet contact local schools - they have tons of DIY projects going on this time of year, and I"m sure they'd love FREE paint to spruce up walls and other pieces .

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    Hepzaba Mae

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What a way to increase fly tipping. Never ceases to amaze me how little sense the council possess

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    weaversway

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Just go-ahead and put it in your landfill waste, the county council are looking to justify the half baked ideas they have to manage waste in Norfolk.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Of the paint collected nationally well over 50 % is re-usable.Yet Norfolk never considered Community Repaint as a re-use project and one that was socially and environmentally beneficial to boot. So much for Norfolk adhering to the Waste Hierarchy ! Listen to Martin Pearce of Community Repaint via their website,.Norfolk is mentioned in dispatches.

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    bedoomed

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Recycling paint seemed to work brilliantly at the King's Lynn Recycling Centre. You could purchase 'part tins' there and jobs that only needed a small amount of paint were completed easily and cheaply. Obviously the cost of new paint is nothing to Councillors but they should be considering the less well off who have to 'make do and mend' and they should also be encouraging re-cycling. Another suggestion for left over paint that would save NCC money would be for us all to take our left over paint to County Hall and re-decorate the building! That would save a few thousand on the current contract price for that particular job.

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    disolushund

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • A friend of mine took some tins a few days ago. He was told by the people at the site to simply fill the tins with earth and put them in his normal rubbish bags. I kid you not. Great work guys!

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    Resident Smith

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • And is this north of England treatment facility the same one which is said to deal with our non recyclable plastics and the dangerous stuff left over from the biomechanical process at Cambridge's Milton plant? ie Cement works near Scunthorpe using non recyclable materials as fuel.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • So how is it any less hazardous having been dried out? Emulsion is not paint and more "paints" are now water based ( and utterly useless) The pots are almost all plastic and they should be recyclable even if they are not now. Maybe on the doorstep of West Norfolk council would be a good place to dispose of them. Still reeling-whatever one may think about the incinerator, at their definition of democracy at work, a lobby group overthrowing the decision of a democratically elected council.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Is this a new initiative? I thought it had been this way for a number of years.

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    AE

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • Most modern household paints are now water based so how can the Council class them as being hazardous? Having been classed as "hazardous" the paint is then transported to the north of England to be disposed of! This is hardly a green policy and is bonkers. NCC need to rethink this decision and reinstate this basic and vital service for tax payers.

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    la barbe

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I'm now going to have a clearout of all my old paint and leave it on the steps of County Hall the next time I'm in Norwich

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • As far as I am concerned, I pay my council to take away the rubbish in my wheelie bin and this would include paint, if and when I have any to dispose of.

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    Voice of Reason

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I will expect to find some in the hedgerows now on my monthly litter picks. I'm afraid it will have to stay there!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • What's to stop people just sticking it in the middle of their household rubbish in the middle of their wheelie bin? It's not like the binmen check everything that goes in there and once it's in the lorry who's to say where it came from? I bet loads of people already do this.

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    Norfolk and Good

    Monday, June 2, 2014

  • I would think you do what most people surely do and just pop it in your wheely bin!

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    IT Man

    Monday, June 2, 2014

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