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April 4, 2013IA |  By: Benson

Iowa's Bottle Bill

An Iowa law passed in 1978 is being revisited by the Iowa legislature.

When it was passed, it's intent was to decrease litter instead of increasing recycling. Today, the "Bottle Bill" mandates a five cent refund on bottles and cans recycled in Iowa. If passed, the update would raise that amount to 10 cents per bottle. Metro Waste Authority Director Tom Hadden says an increase would go a long way.

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With the average Iowan recycling 533 containers per year, the current law has worked despite it's original intent. Hadden knows an increase might not happen right away if neighboring states don't increase their rates along with Iowa.

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This proposal would also increase handling fees which have been at one cent per bottle for 35 years.