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What You Should Know About the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program

Starting November 1st 2014, a small change in how paint is sold in Minnesota will make a big difference in what happens to leftover paint with the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program.

Retailers will be required by the NEW STATE LAW to collect a small add-on fee and submit it to PaintCare, a non-profit created by the  American Coatings Association to help implement the new program. PaintCare will help manage the collection of leftover paint through newly established drop-off sites. Fees are based on container size, and range from $0.35 (larger than a half-pint to less than a gallon) to $0.75 per gallon and $1.60 for larger than one gallon to five gallons.



This program is intended to help businesses and individuals reduce, reuse and recycle paint in Minnesota. Paint comprises 50% of all household hazardous waste. In addition, 10% of all paint purchased is leftover and unused, adding up to 1.4 million gallons per year in Minnesota. Local and state governments have limited resources for collection, so the self-funded PaintCare program was created to fill the gap.

The primary goals of the program are to decrease paint waste and recycle more post-consumer paint by setting up convenient drop-off sites in the state. Starting November 1st, you can go online to find the nearest paint recycling location in Minnesota.

Retailers and trade painters are encouraged, but not required, to display the fee on invoices and receipts to help make consumers aware of the program. The fee is not a deposit, so consumers will not receive funds back when they turn in their leftover paint. All funds collected go to program implementation. Minnesota will become the sixth state to adopt the stewardship program, and the first in the Midwest.

If Minnesota follows the trends established in other states with this program, their collection rates and number of collection sites will increase dramatically in the first few years after the program is established. The program is currently in place in Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.

If you’re wondering what products are covered, here is a handy list:

Program Products:

(Starting November 1, these products are accepted at drop-off sites in Minnesota.  Limitations on quantities may be imposed.)

  • Interior and exterior house paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, undercoaters
  • Stains
  • Some shellacs, some lacquers, varnishes, urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing concrete/masonry/wood sealer and repellents (not tar or bitumen-based)
  • Metal coatings, rust preventatives
  • Field and lawn paints

Non-Program Products:

(These products are not accepted at drop-off sites in Minnesota)

  • Paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents
  • Aerosol paint (spray cans)
  • Auto and marine paints
  • Art and craft paints
  • Caulking compounds, epoxies, glues, adhesives
  • Paint additives, colorants, tints, resins
  • Wood preservatives (containing pesticides)
  • Roof patch and repair
  • Asphalt, tar and bitumen-based products
  • 2-component coatings
  • Deck cleaners
  • Traffic and road marking paints
  • Industrial Maintenance (IM) coatings
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (shop application) paints and finishes

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