New social enterprise paints a positive picture for communities in Limerick

A NEW SOCIAL enterprise has been launched in Limerick.

Relove Paint was developed by Tait House Community Enterprise Center in Southill.

Backed by the council, the Environmental Protection Agency and a number of recycling companies, it sees the paint repurposed to provide affordable high quality materials used to decorate homes in the area.

Based in the Galvone Industrial Estate, the initiative reuses leftover water-based paint from the Mungret Municipal Recycling Center and recycles it into premium paint.

The given paint is filtered, recolored and mixed into new unique colors.

Relove Paint is currently available for purchase by Limerick-based community groups, clubs and schools. As the project develops and the paint supply increases, it is hoped to make it available for sale to the general public.

Mayor Francis Foley was on hand to launch the program and 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 encourage communities in Limerick to support the initiative.

“I wish good luck to all the partners involved in this new social enterprise of reuse”.

Tait House Managing Director Michael Quilligan said: “Over 5,000 tonnes of usable paint is wasted every year in Ireland. If we can prevent some of it from being incinerated and help provide training and employment for staff working on the project, then that is a benefit to the environment and a benefit to the local community.

Homeowners can bring unwanted leftover water-based paint to the Mungret Center for reuse.

Please do not bring paint to Tait House or Galvone Industrial Estate as donations cannot be accepted directly.

More information at 061-415340.

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