Mayor launches new Relove Paint environmental initiative

A NEW circular economy social enterprise, Relove Paint, developed for Limerick by Tait House Community Enterprise, was launched this week – the first of its kind in Limerick.
With support from Limerick City and County Council, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Authority Prevention Network, Panda Greenstar and the Rediscovery Centre, the paint recycling project provides affordable, high-quality paint in a range of colours for reuse in the local community.
Based at Galvone Industrial Estate, the Relove Paint initiative reuses leftover water-based paint from Limerick City and County Council’s Mungret Civic Amenity Centre, and upcycles it into premium quality paint. The donated paint is filtered, recoloured and mixed into new, one-of-a-kind colours.
Relove Paint is currently available for purchase by Limerick-based community groups, clubs and schools. As the project develops and the supply of paint increases, it is hoped to make it available for sale to the general public.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Francis Foley said: “This is a very welcome, and timely environmental initiative for Limerick. Paint otherwise destined for disposal can now be used as a sustainable alternative, and I would encourage communities across Limerick to support the initiative.
“I would like to wish all the partners involved in this new reuse social enterprise every success”.
Michael Quilligan, General Manager, Tait House Community Enterprise added: “We are excited to be a partner in this new social enterprise. Over 5,000 tonnes of usable paint is wasted each year in Ireland. If we can prevent some of it from being incinerated and help provide training and employment to the staff working on the project, then that’s a benefit to the environment and a benefit to the local community.”
Householders can bring unwanted leftover water-based paint to Limerick City and County Council’s Mungret Civic Amenity Centre for repurposing by Relove Paint. Please do not bring any paint to Tait House or Galvone Industrial Estate as donations cannot be accepted directly.
Community groups, clubs and schools across Limerick City and County wishing to purchase paint can get in touch with Tait House Community Enterprise on 061 415340 or [email protected].