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