DONEGAL County Council is to establish year-round collection of waste paints at recycling centres.
It has been confirmed to Letterkenny-based Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh that the Council is also to introduce a paint reuse scheme. The formation of a paint reuse social enterprise remains a possibility.
“I hope this new system can be established by the Council as soon as possible,” Councillor Kavanagh said.
“I have had several queries recently about this. In recent years the Council have had particular days when they would provide this service at the centres for the public, but that has not been happening over the last couple of years.
“A huge number of people have old waste paints and no way of disposing of them, so many people took advantage of our lockdowns to do paint jobs on their homes and to redecorate, so that the demand for this service is now greater than ever, and badly needed.”
In response to Councillor Kavanagh’s question as to when a day would be provided for the disposal of waste paints, Donegal County Council said: “We are proposing to establish a year-round collection of waste paints at each of the Council’s Recycling Centres.
“We are currently assessing the most suitable method of doing this while trying to achieve value for money.
“In tandem with this collection would be the establishment of a paint reuse scheme for non-hazardous water-based paints where paints suitable for reuse would be donated, stored and redistributed to local community groups or an identified social enterprise.
“We are also working with the Rediscovery Centre on the viability of establishing a paint reuse social enterprise in the local area and are part of working group on paint reuse with other Local Authorities.”Tags: