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May 30, 2013
Minnesota has adopted a bill that calls for the implementation of a statewide paint stewardship and recycling program.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed in law an omnibus bill, H.F. 967, that includes a requirement for manufacturers to fund and operate a post-consumer paint take-back program, according to a news release from the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute Inc.
Minnesota’s program, similar to other paint take-back programs, will be funded through a small per-container fee that manufacturers pay to Washington-based PaintCare Inc., a nonprofit organization established by the American Coatings Association, to implement the program.
Manufacturers pass the fee onto retailers, who then pass it on to consumers. The paint recovery fees fund the program. All architectural paint manufacturers that sell in Minnesota must register with the PaintCare program.
In 2008, Minnesota was the first state in America to introduce an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill for paint. The bill twice passed the state legislature but was vetoed each time by Gov. Pawlenty.
Paint stewardship laws also have been passed in Oregon, California, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.
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Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.
Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.
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