Have you ever noticed the fee that’s tacked on to your receipt when you buy paint in Minnesota? That is the PaintCare fee — ranging from 35 cents up to $1.60, depending on the size of the container. PaintCare is a program for recycling stains, topcoats, or house paint that has been funded by that fee in Minnesota since November 1, 2014. So, what do you get for your money? Here is what you need to know about PaintCare:
Recycling paint is free.
That fee you paid when you purchased your paint isn’t a deposit — you don’t get it back, but it applies to much more than the paint you just bought. Those fees keep the program running. But you can drop off any household paint, even if it’s been sitting in your basement for thirty years.
PaintCare accepts architectural paint products.
That includes house paint, primers, stains, sealers, clear coats, shellac, lacquer, and varnish. Read the rest of this entry »