Fee and Funding
PaintCare programs are funded by a fee (referred to as the PaintCare fee) which is applied to the purchase price of new paint sold in the state. There is no charge for dropping off paint at a PaintCare drop-off site. The PaintCare fee is not a tax or deposit. The fee funds all aspects of the paint stewardship program. For more information on the fee, visit the PaintCare fee page.
It is expected that contractors pass the PaintCare fee on to customers in order to recoup the price they pay. When estimating jobs, contractors should take the fee into account by checking with suppliers and ensuring quotes include the fee. Let your customers know that fee is included in your quotes and that the fee funds a statewide paint recycling program for you and your customer.
Large Volume Pickup (LVP) Service
For contractors and others who have accumulated a large amount of unwanted paint, PaintCare offers a door-to-door pickup service. This free service is available to businesses and households with at least 100 gallons of eligible paint products that are located in PaintCare states. Learn more about large volume pickups.
To use the PaintCare program for oil-based paint, a business must qualify as an exempt generator under federal and any analogous state hazardous waste generator rules. Please visit the Very Small Quantity Generator page for more information on exempt generator rules. If your business does not qualify as an exempt generator, it will not be able to use the program for oil-based paint, but it can still use the program for latex products.
Use of Retail Drop-Off Sites by Minnesota Businesses:
Retail drop-off sites provide a convenient and no-cost recycling option for painting contractors and other businesses. Businesses that generate less than 220 pounds of hazardous waste* per month can use drop-off sites to recycle all accepted products (both water and oil-based) with some restrictions on quantities per month. Larger businesses (those that generate more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste per month) may use the drop-off sites for their water-based program products only; they are not able to use the sites for oil-based paint or other solvent-based products.
Some businesses may also have more total accumulated paint (water and oil-based) than an individual retail drop-off site can handle (most of these sites limit customers to 5 gallons per day). In these cases, businesses should contact the store ahead of time to see if they are able to accept more paint or contact the nearest county household hazardous waste facility that will accept business paint waste. To find a county that accepts business paint waste, use the links below:
- In greater Minnesota, you can find your county’s contact on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website.
- Use our site locator to find the county facility nearest you.
If you have 100 gallons or more of total accumulated paint, please see the section on Large Volume Pickups for direct collection options from your business.
*220 pounds is about 25 gallons of paint. When counting how much hazardous waste you generate in a month, oil-based paint counts (because by law it is a hazardous waste), but latex and other water-based paint does not count toward the 220 pound monthly total.