Nov.1, 2014 marked the first day of PaintCare® program operations in Minnesota.


The paint stewardship program was authorized by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton in May 2013. The law requires paint manufacturers to develop a take-back system for leftover paint from household and commercial consumers.


For the convenience of Minnesota residents, most PaintCare drop-off sites will be at paint retailers and open year-round. PaintCare sites accept all brands of house paint, stain, and varnish, no matter how old they are, during their regular business hours. This will give homeowners and paint professionals alike multiple, easy-to-use options to recycle unwanted paint. As such, the Minnesota PaintCare program kicked off with 107 retail drop-off sites throughout the state that will accept leftover cans of latex and oil paint from households and painting contractors. An additional 60 locations will be added by summer 2015.


The Minnesota PaintCare program is the sixth of its kind in the United States, with programs already in place in Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Rhode Island. Operations are also being planned for PaintCare program launches in Maine and Colorado by July 2015.


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Original article posted on on Nov 7th, 2014