Legislative Advocacy

The Iowa Recycling Association supports and works together with state senators and representatives. We are committed to ensuring our members’ voices are heard, and work with lobbyists to advance policies that create a healthy environment and economy through effective recycling and waste reduction legislation.

The IRA looks forward to partnering with our legislators to accomplish the following priorities during the 2017 Legislative Session:

SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN IOWA BILL 455C (Bottle Bill)

The Association continues its support of Iowa’s highly successful bottle and can deposit law. The program consistently reduces litter in both rural and urban areas and has led to an 85% recycling rate for cans and bottles.

An increase in the handling fee is the best way to ensure the continued success of the deposit law and to provide more points of redemption. The Bottle Bill’s handling fee has remained at 1 cent for 37 years. Because of the state’s failure to adjust for inflation and increase this fee, 70% (170) of Iowa’s independent redemption centers– mostly privately owned small businesses – have gone out of business in the last decade. Furthermore, the economics of replacing the Bottle Bill with statewide curbside recycling is not logistically sound or in the best interest of Iowa taxpayers at this time.

PROMOTE PROPER PLASTICS DISPOSAL

The proper disposal of plastic grocery bags is not simple. These bags cannot be recycled in municipal single-stream, curbside-recycling programs. The Association urges the establishment of public/private partnerships to both better educate the public on proper plastic bag recycling and to provide opportunities for the proper collection and recycling of this consumer staple.

MANAGE WASTE TIRES

Iowans generate nearly 3 million waste tires each year. The proper management, reuse, recycling or disposal of waste tires is essential to the environment and public health. The Association supports the establishment of a task force to examine increased opportunities for waste tire recycling and processing.


YOUR VOICE MATTERS!


CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE.
Local, state and federal representatives catalog all calls received for every issue.

Find contact information for your legislators here.

ATTEND A PUBLIC FORUM. In-person communication is the best. Check out these links for legislative forums in your district:

Iowa House Republican Forums
Iowa House Democrat Forums
Iowa Senate Republican Forums
Iowa Senate Democrat Forums


IRA Members:
For help communicating with your legislators or to discuss the 2017 Legislative Priorities contact Legislative Co-Chairs Alan Schumacher or Joe Horaney.