New Minn. law will make it easier to recycle paint

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — A new Minnesota law will make it easier for homeowners to recycle used paint.

Guidelines that take effect next summer will create a network of hardware and paint stores that accept old paint for free, then ship it to approved processing sites.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1bN9u9h ) the new rules will shift the cost of paint waste onto manufactures instead of counties, which currently collect old paint from consumers and sometimes charge a fee for every can or bucket they take.

Paint manufacturers will begin paying a hazardous waste assessment fee to cover the cost of recycling old latex paint and converting oil-based paint into industrial fuel.

The state estimates that 700,000 gallons of paint get recycled annually, while another 500,000 sit in dusty basements or illegally wind up in landfills.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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