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Minnesota has similar product stewardship programs for post-consumer batteries, computers, cellphones and carpets.
With the new law, Minnesota will be only the sixth state to have manufacturers foot the bill for post-consumer house paint waste.
It will fall to PaintCare to collect fees from paint sellers and to set up new drop-off sites and hauling contracts that take the old paint from stores or counties and ship them to Amazon Paint or licensed hazardous waste sites.
Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt said she expects PaintCare to contract with Ramsey County’s existing household waste collection sites.
“We see it as a great opportunity for more residents to participate in proper paint management regardless of whether we collect it or if there are separate collection points offered by industry,” Reinhardt said.
If Minnesota behaves like its predecessors, manufacturers will opt to use PaintCare, which already operates in other parts of the country.
Valspar, which generates $4 billion in annual sales making paints and coatings for Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and others, will use PaintCare to comply with Minnesota’s new law, said Valspar spokesman Mark Goldman. “We have been early supporters of PaintCare and will continue to use them as the law expands to other states.”
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