The current stewardship plan for architectural paint went into effect on November 1, 2014.
PaintCare request for approval to change the architectural paint stewardship assessment
MPCA approves PaintCare's proposed fee changes through June 30, 2019. By April 1, 2019, PaintCare must review the impact of the fee change and request continuance of the increased fee.
The document addresses PaintCare’s operating revenues and expenses, a proposed increase in the architectural paint stewardship assessment that finances the program, and implementation dates. (Nov. 14, 2016)
Public comments. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requested public comment on the proposed change to PaintCare’s Minnesota Paint Stewardship Program Plan (Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2016).
- MPCA responses to public comments
- Jamison Reginek
- Marty Bergstedt, Amazon Environmental
- NAIOP Minnesota chapter
- Chuck Parins, Morrison County Public Works
- Minnesota Retailers Association | Midwest Hardware Association
Legislation passed in Minnesota
For "architectural paint" sold in Minnesota, producers must, individually or through a stewardship organization, implement and finance a statewide product stewardship program that manages architectural paint by reducing the paint's waste generation, promoting its reuse and recycling, and providing for negotiation and execution of agreements to collect, transport, and process the architectural paint for end-of-life recycling and reuse.
Learning from established programs
The program in Minnesota is expected to be consistent with the paint stewardship programs operating or under design in four states. Those interested in program implementation in Minnesota will be informed by these links to other state programs, statutes, stewardship plans submitted by PaintCare, and program outcomes.
Information on the state stewardship programs for paint: Oregon (2010), California (2012), Connecticut (2013), Rhode Island (2014). Also details industry effort to promote appropriate purchasing to reduce the generation of unwanted paint.
- California paint stewardship program
- Connecticut Paint Stewardship Initiative
- Oregon paint stewardship program
- Rhode Island paint stewardship law (2012)
- Vermont enacts paint take-back and recycling bill (article)
- Maine enacts law to create new paint recycling program (release)
Based on the experience of other state programs, the MPCA anticipates a number of benefits from a product stewardship approach in Minnesota.
- Expand the number of recycling locations for paint, hopefully increasing the overall amount of paint recycled
- Create an incentive for retailers to collect paint, particularly smaller entities
- Transition from government-funded collection and recycling programs to one funded by consumers and manufacturers
- The paint industry, through the stewardship organization PaintCare, will design and manage the program
- Support economic development opportunities for paint recyclers
Paint was selected for product stewardship initiatives based on its volume in the waste stream, costs to manage, and high potential for increased recovery and recycling. Currently, paint is collected and recycled through Minnesota's household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs: Minnesota’s counties spend approximately