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New Minnesota State Law Makes it Easier to Recycle Paint

What You Should Know About PaintCare – the Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program

Starting November 1, 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.

Decreasing paint waste
The primary goals of the PaintCare Stewardship program are to decrease paint waste and recycle more post-consumer paint by setting up convenient drop-off sites in the state. Many Hirshfield's stores are participating as paint drop-off sites. Also, you can go online to find the nearest paint recycling location in Minnesota. See below for list of Hirshfield's stores acting as drop-off sites.

The PaintCare program will be funded by a small fee on each container of paint sold in the state. All funds collected go to program implementation.

This program is intended to help businesses and individuals reduce, reuse and recycle paint in Minnesota. Paint comprises up to 50% of all household hazardous waste.

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.

State Fees to be collected beginning November 1, 2014
Retailers will be required by the NEW STATE LAW to collect a Recovery fee and submit it to PaintCare (see also), a non-profit created by the American Coatings Association to help implement the new program. The fee is not a deposit, so consumers will not receive funds back when they turn in their leftover paint.

Fees are based on container size purchased, and range from $0.35 (larger than a half-pint to less than a gallon) to $0.75 per gallon and $1.60 for each container larger than a one gallon can up to a five gallon bucket. If you are buying paint, the fee is collected at time of purchase. If you are hiring a contractor for painting work in your home, the fee should be included in their bid.

So be aware that any paint purchased in Minnesota after October 31, 2014, no matter which paint store, hardware store or other store you visit, will be subject to a fee supporting the PaintCare Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program. And, it will be easier than ever to recycle your unused paint.

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

Program Products:
(These products have fees and are accepted at drop-off sites in Minnesota)

  • Exterior and interior house paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based, enamel (including textured coatings)
  • Deck coatings, floor paints (including elastomeric)
  • Primers, sealers, under-coaters
  • 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-marking 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

PaintCare Paint Stewardship Recycling

PaintCare sites accept all brands of old house paint, stain and varnish – even if they are 20 years old! Containers must be five gallons or smaller, and a few types of paint are not accepted. See above for a list of what you can recycle.

Hirshfield's PaintCare drop-off sites accept up to five gallons of paint per visit.

Make sure all containers of paint have lids and original labels, and load them securely in your vehicle. Take them to a drop-off site during their regular business hours.

The following Hirshfield's stores are established PaintCare Program drop-off sites:

Alexandria Hirshfield’s
1010 N. Nokomis St. NE
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 762-7020

Apple Valley Hirshfield’s
15265 Galaxie Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 432-5000

Baxter Hirshfield’s
7447 Clearwater Rd.
Baxter, MN 56425
(218) 824-0926

Bemidji Hirshfield’s
2140 Bardwell Drive
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 751-4418

Blaine Hirshfield’s
Contractor Service Center
10059 Flanders Court
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 398-3900

Chaska Hirshfield’s
2948 N Chestnut Street
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 445-2336

Edina Hirshfield’s
3441 Hazelton Road
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 927-4647

Maple Grove Hirshfield’s
7880 Vinewood Ln. No.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 416-6584

Maplewood Hirshfield’s
1081 East Hwy 36
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 770-0390

Minneapolis Hirshfield’s
Contractor Service Center
725 2nd Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-9970

Monticello Hirshfield’s
9230 So. Hwy. 25
Monticello, MN 55362
(763) 295-4442

Plymouth Hirshfield’s
Contractor Service Center
1975 Annapolis Lane
Plymouth, MN 55441
(763) 577-9864

Ramsey Hirshfield’s
7129 Hwy. 10
Ramsey, Minnesota 55303
(763) 427-6474

Rochester Hirshfield’s
420 Crossroads Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 285-9594

Roseville Hirshfield’s
1655 W. County Rd. C
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-7670

St. Cloud Hirshfield’s
117 3rd Street NE
St. Cloud, MN 56378
(320) 259-6506

Savage Hirshfield’s
Contractor Service Center
3943 West 143rd Street
Savage, MN 55378
(952) 890-7881

Uptown Hirshfield’s
2741 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-0200

West St. Paul Hirshfield’s
2024 So. Robert St.
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 451-4046

Program Start date:
November 1, 2014

If you have any questions, please ask at your neighborhood Hirshfield's store.

Download a copy of Hirshfield's Paint Drop-off site locations.

Visit the Minnesota Paint Stewardship website at this link.

If you have paint left from your decorating project, follow these environmentally friendly tips.

1. Do not throw liquid paint in the trash or pour it down the drain.

Do not mix paints for storage or disposal. Leave paint in the original container.

2. Do not allow latex paint to freeze. Only store paint in areas that do not freeze. Latex paint that has frozen cannot be used again nor can it be recycled.

3. Small amounts of latex paint can be air-dried and disposed through your trash collection system.

Only purchase the quantity you need. Find creative uses for excess paint.

4. Protect our environment.
Call 1-800-CLEANUP
(800-253-2687) or call your local government for recycling advice.