Bring leftover paint to The Recycling Zone or participating retail stores. Do not place in the garbage or pour down the drain or sewer.
Some recycling service providers are now collecting more types of plastics, paper and metal. Call your recycling service provider to find out if empty paint cans are acceptable in your curbside container.
If not accepted in your curbside container, place empty cans in the garbage. Leave the cover off so your garbage hauler can see that the can is empty and dry.
Tip: Store leftover paint where it will not freeze. Frozen paint cannot be used or recycled. Buy the right amount. Ask the paint sales clerk to help you calculate how much paint to buy for the job.
Effective Nov. 1, 2014, a nominal fee will be added to the sale of house paint, stain and varnish sold in Minnesota. The fee varies by container size: 35 cents for pints and quarts, 75 cents for one gallon and $1.60 for larger containers up to five gallons to fund an expanded statewide paint recycling program.
Information on this page applies to households ONLY. Different rules may apply to businesses in Dakota County.