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Iowa Lawmakers Ponder Getting Rid of Bottle Desposit Law

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A house committee approved a bill repealing Iowa's bottle deposit program yesterday, but it could be several years before the bill would become law. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.

  

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Around 86 percent of beverage containers sold in Iowa each year are redeemed for five cents each.  The five cent deposit has been in place since 1978.  Under House Study Bill 163, the deposit would end and be replaced with a broader recycling and litter reduction program.  A fund dedicated to recycling would be supported by fees already paid by beer wholesalers. The bill also would collect a very small tax on beverages to pay for litter reduction programs.

Some Lawmakers say they want to make sure Iowans understand the changes in the recycling plan before the bill becomes law. For Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.

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