Recycle Now™ is the national recycling campaign for England and Northern Ireland, which aims to motivate more people, to recycle more of the right things, more often.
Recycle Week is Recycle Now‘s flagship annual event, celebrating recycling across the nation. It’s the one week of the year where retailers, brands, waste management companies, trade associations, governments and the media come together to achieve one goal: to galvanise the public into recycling more of the right things.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Get Real’, and will challenge perceptions and myths around recycling, and target contamination to improve recycling behaviours.
Why it’s important to us?
Recycle week symbolises the importance of recycling through the delivery of crucial campaign moments and ongoing citizen interaction.
The organisation works to educate and inspire citizens to modify their behaviour in recycling, just like we do! It seems the perfect time to remind you all of the fantastic accomplishments Seagulls have reached through recycling:
Saved and reused over 4 million litres of paint, equaling 11 million kg or 11,000 tons of CO2e. This is the equivalent of planting 68 million trees.
Recovered 75,000 kg of scrap metal tins and 123,944 kg of liquid oil that has been recycled.
Provided a social value of £1.9 million to the city of Leeds in 2018
Created a unique and people-centred organisation; learning as we go along and responding to local needs, all through the art of recycling.
We can’t thank our loyal customers enough for working with our organisation to make the environment a better place. Now let’s double these stats!
Need to paint your decking?
18th August 2022
Ok, so we covered how to paint your garden gate. Now let’s talk about getting your decking ready for a bank holiday bbq!
For those who have some lovely decking in your garden, you already know what a great addition it is. Perfect for dining, socialising, sunbathing or BBQs.
However, the trusty British weather probably means you don’t get to use your outdoor space as much as you’d wish. It also means that it will most likely need a bit of TLC after a long winter.
1. Cleaning your decking
So we are going to start by giving your decking a good clean. It’s recommended that you keep it tidy all year round, to save a big clear-up once a year. Just a weekly brush should do!
Get yourself a stiff outdoor brush and brush away any debris.
Now it’s clean, it’s time to apply Decking Cleaner. Unfortunately, Decking Cleaner is hard to come by at Seagulls and when we get it, it’s gone within the hour!
You should apply the cleaner directly onto the wood and use your scrubbing brush. Then jet wash this off, leaving it to dry for at least 24 hours. (Make sure you consider the weather; you don’t want to do this and then it rains!)
2. Sanding your decking
You now have a clean deck, but you need to make sure there is no leftover paint! (If you are painting over/touching up skip over this step)
Firstly, take a wire brush and use light sweeping strokes to remove any old paint.
Then you can go ahead with your scraper for that tougher paint. Scraping rarely removes all the paint from the existing deck, and it’s not meant to. After scraping away loose paint, it’s likely the wood will still have plenty of stuck-on paint. However, if it’s not peeling the new paint will still stick.
You can now begin to sand the decking. This smooths out the edges allowing for a fresh coat to be applied. If you have a power sander handy- brilliant! If not, try using a sanding sponge. Before sanding, use a hammer and nailset to countersink any nails that might be sticking up.
3. Treating & painting the wood
It is up to you what tools you use for this project, whether it be a brush, a paint pad or a roller. Make sure you apply your Frog Tape before cracking that tin of paint open though.
What paint should you use?
Here is where we come in handy.
We have everything you will need to bring your decking back to life, if you know exactly what you want, it will be best for you to ask a member of staff to show you where everything is- we have paint in abundance. Don’t be afraid to ask for help too, that’s what we are here for!
– Decking Preserver
We have several different types of Wood preservers. Cuprinol & Ronseal are the most popular at Seagulls, and the best in our opinion! It comes in various different colours, including Dark Browns, Green & Clear.
– Decking Paint
Our Decking Paint is again mainly Cuprinol & Ronseal. We occasionally get the likes of Wickes, Barrentine & Ever Build, though they are rare. Again, they come in colours such as Green, Clear, Oak, Pine, Timber, Cedar, and Mahogany.
You will need these materials too:
We sell Frog Tape in-store, offering 2 different types. The Green s the most common and better of the 2, it is multi-surface & will cost you £8.50. The Yellow is for delicate surfaces and we charge £9 for a roll of that!
We sell 12-foot by 12-foot dust sheets for just £2.50 each!
We sell scrapers instore for £2.50
Unfortunately, we don’t have scrubbing brushes in stock at the minute.
Click here for a list of materials we sell in-store.
How we collect your paint
9th May 2022
You all know that we reuse recycled paint, and put it to good use. But do you know what we do during a paint collection?
We made this TikTok a few months ago where we brought you guys along with us on our paint collection, but think it’s time we refreshed everyone’s minds!
Firstly, we have a partnership with Leeds City Council allowing us to have a big pink Seagulls container at each household waste site in Leeds.
You are able to donate your old paint by popping it into the container. Our team will then pick it up on their paint collection.
As you can see in the TikTok, when we arrive at the waste sites we differentiate whether the tins are good or bad. We can usually tell by giving them a good shake. If you can hear a watery sound, it’s usually off.
Good paint goes on one side of the van, and bad on the other. We have to carefully pack them in to avoid any paint spillages on the journey back to Seagulls.
The good tins go into the paint mixing room, which we call SD3. Here, we find that most of the tins are half full, so here is where we can have fun.
Our paint mixers then find other tins that are half-full, mix together new colours and then add a paint splodge onto the lid. The tins then get taken over to the paint shop ready to be bought by our lovely customers!
However, if the paint is off we do things a bit differently.
The ‘bad’ paint gets taken to our Paint Disposal room.
Whoever is is disposals will open each tin of paint, goggles and masks on (it can get smelly) and dispose of the off paint into a large container. We have one container for water-based paint, and one for oil-based.
An external recycling company collects these containers, meaning they can get disposed of correctly.
The plastic paint tins then get taken away by Forge Recycling, and we take metal tins to the scrap yard ourselves.
We took a trip last week, taking about 2 weeks’ worth of tins weighing just under a ton. We got £106 for this!
And that folks, is how we collect your paint!
Colour Match For Paint Service
26th April 2022
Do you know about our bespoke colour-matching service?
If you are a Seagulls regular, you may know about our bespoke paint mixing service. This service bespoke service means we can match whatever colour your heart desires, just for a few pounds extra than off-the-shelf paint. Off the shelf, paint starts at £5.50 for 2.5L, whilst 2.5L of bespoke colour-matched paint starts from just £11.
Shopping at other businesses, such as Farrow & Ball could set you back £52!
Dulux and Farrow & Ball are two colour charts that we work best off, and there is plenty of them in-store, or you can find them online too. A lot of you request colour matches of specific items, which we love to do.
We thought this would be the perfect place to show you guys some examples of our colour matching skills, and what our paint mixing experts can whip up.
Match It Monday – Bespoke Paint Mixing In Action
If you follow us on social media, you may have seen our weekly ‘Match It Monday’ TikTok videos. Every Monday, we pick something random from Seagulls and put our paint mixing experts to the test. They never fail! Take a look for yourself;
Remember folks that our colour match for paint service is done by eye, no fancy colour machines around our place.
9/10 we’re bang on, the odd occasion may need a reblend but this is rare. If you have a certain colour in mind it’s always best to pre-order through our website (it gives us time to play with colour).
Bespoke paint mixing by eye also means we can never guarantee the same colour twice. Please make sure you order enough paint for your project to avoid any disappointment.
One last thing, our mixing magic does not extend to specific colour matches for Woodwork Paint. The pigments we use are only suitable for water-based emulsion, meaning we are unable to mix the same colours in gloss that we can in the emulsion.
Let’s look at some price comparisons
29th March 2022
We compared our prices to our competitors, and you won’t believe what we found
If you follow us on social media, you may have seen a few price comparison posts pop up on your feed. They had quite a big reaction, but when you see the findings you will see why.
Here, we have focused on three of our competitors to see how Seagulls’ prices compare side by side with others.
So let’s take this high-end, rather pricey paint company. They are known for their expensive prices and desirability. However, they are quite unattainable for the average person.
We find that a lot of our customers come into Seagulls wanting specific colours from this company, this is where our Bespoke colour mixing service comes into play… Hague Blue is one of the most popular (the colour seen below)
If you decided to splash out and paint your lounge head to toe with our competitor, it would set you back a grand total of £265! Yes, you read that right.
However, shopping at Seagulls won’t even make a dent in your wallet, coming to a total of £30.55. This means you are saving yourself £234 (It’s a no brainer really).
Come on, think about all of the things you could buy for £234.
If you are worried about not getting the exact colours as a said company, you are not to worry. We offer a bespoke paint mixing service, working mainly from colour charts, or specific items if you wish! This means we can get the exact colour you want, for a fraction of the price.
Collecting leftover and unwanted paint from householders across Leeds is so rewarding, and to see price differences in this capacity puts what we do into perspective.
Next, we chose a company less known for its higher-end pricing, but it is one of the go-to DIY stores in the UK. Being a large DIY & home improvement store, everyone knows about it could be a lot of people’s first choice if they don’t know where any other paint companies are, so this price comparison is quite interesting.
After crunching the numbers with this competitor, we noted that all the paint needed for this room would total £77, but just £30.55 from us at Seagulls.
That is a saving of £46.45. Shopping at Seagulls is a massive bonus for your bank account with the added bonus of helping the environment and helping people.
Finally, we compared our prices to another big paint company, which sell home improvement products, and is a fairly popular choice.
As you can see, there is a considerable difference in prices with our competitors totalling £84. Shopping with Seagulls would save you £53.45, with our grand total being £30.55. You could book yourself onto on of our decorating courses for what you would save… twice!
Reprocessing paint and selling it at Seagulls for a fraction of the price of other, more traditional paint shops with a wide selection of paint, varnish and timber care alongside Seagulls branded new paint (it’s trade quality at reasonable prices) and a range of decorating equipment, we have everything you need and more! We will continue to create a price comparison to remind our shoppers how much they are saving!
We decided to sell these 10L tubs for just £10, a special Seagulls offer (that’s about 83p per litre). Our competitors sell this exact paint, one selling for £19.50 and £17.50 for another.
We have been extremely lucky to get out hands on these, and we love the fact we can sell them at a discounted price… plus we still have plenty left for those interested.
Get your garden ready for spring
23rd February 2022
Spring is slowly approaching, which means one thing, time to decorate your garden! With the unconventional British weather, keeping your garden intact over the colder months can seem impossible. So now the forecast is looking up, it is time to revamp your garden.
Flowers, plants and outdoor lighting are no longer the only ways to revamp your outdoor space. A lick of paint can go a long way, and change your space entirely for the warmer weather.
Shopping with Seagulls will keep costs low, but quality high, and certainly impress your garden party guests.
Also, we have an amazing offer on all repurposed masonry paint, on sale for just £1 a litre for all of March.
What needs painting in your garden?
Here is a list of things that may need a fresh lick of paint after the miserable weather;
Exterior house wall/doors
What you need to do before painting
There are multiple steps you must take into consideration before you begin your project;
What type of surface you are working on?
What is the quality of the surface?
Will it need sanding, or even the use of a pressure washer to clean it up
Have you thought about applying a primer first for durability
What paint should you use in your garden?
So you have prepped your surface, what now? It’s time to paint!
Wooden surfaces/decking- 100% acrylic water-based paint to give the evenest paint coverage
Doors- A high gloss finish for that extra pop
Metal outdoor surfaces- Oil-based exterior paint will be most effective in preventing rust.
Plant pots- Exterior water-based paints, using a small brush for precision
How to pick your colours
Gardens have slightly more free reign than interior spaces. Using bright colours can give your outdoor space that extra pop in time for the warm weather.
We offer a Bespoke Paint service, for water-based paints only. A lot of outdoor paints are oil-based, which we unfortunately can’t mix, as our pigment.
You can nab yourself 2.5L of Bespoke paint for just £11, rather than £52 from Farrow & Ball.
Whilst 5L of Seagulls bespoke paint stands at £16.50, rather than £89 at Farrow & Ball.
If you are swaying towards an oil-based paint, then we most likely have what you are looking for on our shelves, just nip in and find your match!
What you will need
We sell everything you need, not just paint! Here are some things you can pick up at Seagulls
4″ Masonry brush £5
4″ Shed brush £5
9″ Harris Roller with 4 heads £9.50
10pk solvent roller heads £12.99
Ready Mixed Filler 1.4kg £4
We can’t wait to see you all!
Have an inside look into our Online Shop
16th February 2022
Seagulls aren’t just on Kirkstall road, you can also treat yourself on our Online Shop.
You can find almost anything (that may be a slight exaggeration), but you would be silly to not check it out.
We have a variety of different T-shirts for sale at the moment. Our newest addition is the ‘Respect the Difference’ Tees, designed by our good friends over at Secret Industries. We screen-print all of our T-shirts in the house!
In 2015, we suffered massively when Seagulls was submerged in water due to the Boxing Day floods.
The river water left devastation, chaos and a thick layer of mud. The only silver lining from this climate change emergency were the beautiful images we were able to capture, and a visit from Jeremy Corbyn himself.
Seagulls worked in collaboration with the renowned screen printer Jonny Akers to produce this beautiful hand-pulled full-colour print of our Beauty from the Floods artwork.
Mosaics are a customer favourite.
We have an on-site mosaic studio at the back of the yard. In the studio, you will find Ben making up all the mosaic kits that you can purchase here.
There is a variety of seasonal kits, such as Halloween and Christmas themes. You can even spruce up your front door by purchasing our‘House Number Mosaic kit’. It is really simple! Just purchase online, stating what number and colours are needed before it is delivered to you.
If you feel like ordering paint from the comfort of your own home (especially in this weather), you can place orders via our online shop here.
Once we receive your online orders, we simply call you if we need anything clarifying. When the paint is ready we call again to let you know it’s ready for collection.
We don’t offer nationwide deliveries, but we do hold a Leeds-based delivery service Monday to Friday.
Our site can also guide you on how to donate paint at the landfills in and around Leeds, that way your paint can get to us safely.
Is your old paint killing the environment?
6th January 2022
Is your old paint killing your local environment, even though you took it to your local waste site? 98% of waste paint currently ends up in landfills or is burnt, causing unnecessary harm to the environment. Paint being chucked into landfills can make its way to rivers and the sea, causing massive harm to wildlife.
This valuable resource is causing harm when it could potentially find a new life on somebody else’s walls. Seagulls have been tackling the problem of waste paint head-on, for nearly 20 years.
Pre Covid, Seagulls collected 400 tonnes of paint per year. This number has dipped slightly since the pandemic but we are hopeful it will increase again.
I want to help the environment, where can I donate my paint?
If you live in Leeds, it’s easy to donate, there are Seagulls paint banks on every household waste site in Leeds.
We kindly ask people to drop their unwanted paint at their local waste site and NOT Seagulls. This is for 2 reasons:
Avoids fly tipping in our yard
The paint collected from waste sites gets weighed and recorded. Most importantly, Leeds City Council pay for the amount of paint collected.
What paint can be reused and how can I tell?
Any tin that has more than a couple of inches left in the pot and has NOT gone off can be reused. You will know if the paint has gone bad because it will either be solid or smell like rotten eggs! We reprocess good and bad paint so don’t worry too much about the quality as we will safely dispose or recycle any paint that we cannot reuse.
Solid paint and empty paint tins can be put in your general household bin.
We accept household emulsion, masonry paint, timber care, gloss, varnish, eggshell and undercoat.
But what if I don’t live in Leeds?
It’s possible your local authority has a community RePaint scheme, you can find out here.
If not, then lobby your local Councillors and MP to ask why there are no paint reuse facilities in your area.
For years there has been a ‘postcode lottery’ for paint recycling, the facilities for which differ between local authorities, with 98% of waste paint currently being burnt or sent to landfill. But the Royal Society of Chemistry is now calling for UK governments to provide better support to local reuse and recycling initiatives.
Whilst the companies behind paint brands Dulux, Farrow and Ball, Johnstone’s Paints and Ronseal are calling for government engagement with the British Coatings Federation’s PaintCare blueprint for a national remanufacturing programme.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is calling for:
Government and local authorities to provide more support to paint recycling and reuse initiatives, such as Seagulls Reuse and the BCF’s PaintCare programme, making it easier for consumers to recycle paints no matter where they live
Government to directly invest in research programmes for sustainable alternatives for PLFs
Consumers to reduce wastage of paints by buying only what they need
Consumers to write to their MP asking for change – further details can be found here.