PaintCare Minnesota

PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established by the American Coatings Association to implement state-mandated paint stewardship programs on behalf of paint manufacturers in each state that adopts a paint stewardship law. Minnesota is the fifth state to pass such a law, with program launch on November 1, 2014.

Under the program, all architectural paint sold in the state must be managed through a statewide product stewardship program implemented and financed by producers of paint. No architectural paint may be offered for sale in the state unless the paint’s producer participates in an approved stewardship plan.

Minnesota stewardship plan

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has reviewed and approved the stewardship program plan for architectural paint (November 2014):

Annual reports

PaintCare is required to submit an annual report to the MPCA describing the product stewardship program. The report must include information on the methods used to manage paint, the weight of all paint collected, the amount of collected paint managed by each disposition method, samples of educational materials and an evaluation of their effectiveness, and an independent financial audit.

Drafts and public comments

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency had to review and approve a program plan for architectural paint before the program could begin. PaintCare submitted two versions, and the MPCA offered a period of public review and comment for each as part of the agency's review.

In May, MPCA provided feedback on the initial draft of the stewardship plan. PaintCare has provided a revised plan for review.

Public comment

MPCA solicited public comments on the revised plan through August 8.

As required, PaintCare submitted a detailed Stewardship Plan, on behalf of paint manufacturers, to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Effective March 3, the MPCA has 90 days to review; the MPCA must approve this plan before the program can begin.

Public comment

MPCA accepted public comments on the plan through April 15, 2014, and took them into consideration in the agency review of the stewardship plan.

Information for generators and collectors

Important information for generators and collectors of waste paint in Minnesota.

Partnerships with PaintCare

PaintCare welcomes partnerships with municipal agencies, especially those that operate household hazardous waste collection programs, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills. PaintCare covers the cost of paint storage bins, paint transportation and recycling, and public outreach and education. There is no monetary compensation for operations or labor costs associated with serving as a drop-off site.

Minnesota county household hazardous waste programs

Minnesota has a long-established network of county household hazardous waste (HHW) facilities and events that collect paint (among other things) from their residents. Rather than create a new system, PaintCare will be supporting the existing one while providing additional collection sites at retail locations. Residents and other eligible users of the program can pick whichever option is most convenient for them when they have leftover paint to recycle.
The MPCA already provides some funding for HHW facilities in Greater Minnesota and receives reports from counties in Greater Minnesota and the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In order to facilitate appropriate compensation to the counties for their role in paint collection under the program, the MPCA is contracting with PaintCare for payment to the counties for the HHW program collections authorized through PaintCare’s product stewardship program. The MPCA-PaintCare agreement will facilitate reporting and provide guidance to counties for collection.
MPCA’s involvement is also intended to ensure consistency and eliminate duplication between PaintCare requirements, state and federal law, and existing Standard Operating Procedures developed under the MPCA’s Joint Powers Agreements with counties. It will also help encourage reuse of paint at county HHW operations.

Resources for retailers

PaintCare offers a variety of resources to help you understand your responsibilities and to let your customers know you are a drop-off site.

Information for trade painters

If you are a painting contractor, visit the PaintCare web site to learn about the fees and paint recycling services.