ST. CLOUD -- A new state law which is only a few weeks old gives residents of Minnesota another place to recycle their old paints and stains.

Several hardware stores and paint stores are now accepting old latex-based and oil-based paints and stains.

The cost to recycle the old paint is built into the price of new paint purchases. For example, it will cost you 35-cents more for pint or quart containers, 75-cents more for gallon containers and $1.60 more for up to five-gallon containers.

Central Minnesota already offers free paint recycling through the Stearns County Household Hazardous Waste Facility. But, Diamond Vogel Assistant Manager Gary Bosma says they've had customers calling about where they can recycle old paint, and others are already bringing in old paint cans since the program started just a few weeks ago.

Stearns County Environmental Specialist Troy Freihammer says he doesn't expect the new service to impact their business because they take in thousands of gallons of paint and stain to be recycled every year. And, he says paint stores can't take solvents, varnish and old gasoline like they can.

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