Legislative Advocacy

The Iowa Recycling Association supports and works together with state senators and representatives to advance policies that create a healthy environment and economy through effective recycling and waste reduction legislation.

We are committed to ensuring our members’ voices are heard. In addition to advocating for the establishment of public/private partnerships for plastic bag recycling and the development of a task force for waste tire recycling and processing, the IRA’s primary advocacy efforts during the 2017 Legislative Session focused on supporting and sustaining Iowa’s Bottle Redemption Law.

With the support of the majority of its members, the Association will continue to support this highly successful law in 2018. The Bottle Bill consistently reduces litter in both rural and urban areas and has led to an 86% recycling rate for cans and bottles in the state.

2017 Iowa Bottle Bill Poll

The Iowa Recycling Association recognizes the 39-year-old Bottle Bill needs to be modernized. During the legislative break, the Association is gathering information, listening to its members, and taking into consideration the position of grocers, convenience stores and the beverage industry. An official policy statement will be released in January.

Those attending the Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference in October 2017, had the opportunity to hear and interact with Iowa Grocery Association Industry representatives and Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, during the panel discussion:

The Bottle Bill Past and Future – Time for a Change to Litter and Recycling Policy?

WATCH VIDEO of panel discussion >>
VIEW Susan Collins’ presentation  >>
VIEW Iowa Grocery Industry presentation  >>
VIEW questions submitted prior to and during the panel discussion  >>


Bottle Bill in the news

CEDAR RAPIDS GAZETTE: Recycling advocate calls for expansion of Iowa’s bottle bill >>
KWWL NEWS: Future of bottle bill discussed >>
KNIA/KRLS NEWS: Bottle bill debate likely to resume in next legislative lession >>
KQAD NEWS: Iowa grocers work to change 5-cent bottle deposit law >>
DAILY NONPAREIL: Grocers work to change 5-cent deposit law  >>
SIOUX CITY JOURNAL EDITORIAL: Don’t take step backward on litter, recycling >>

Related news

RESOURCE RECYCLING: Plastic container collection falls as production climbs >>



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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
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IRA Members:
For help communicating with your legislators or to discuss the Association’s legislative priorities contact Legislative Co-Chairs Alan Schumacher or Joe Horaney.