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. With the support of the majority of its members, the Association’s will focus its advocacy efforts during the 2018 Legislative Session on the following priorities.


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 71% recycling rate for cans and bottles. That’s more than two and half times the recycling rate (29%) of states without a Bottle Bill.

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¢ for 38 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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOTTLE BILL >>

PROMOTE PROPER PLASTIC BAG 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.

ENCOURAGE BETTER BATTERY RECYCLING

An estimated 1.8 million lbs. of rechargeable batteries were sold in Iowa in 2016, and approximately 4% of these were recycled. When rechargeable batteries, especially lithium batteries, are disposed of improperly, they pose a fire risk to waste collectors and processors throughout the state. Whenever possible, the IRA encourages increased recycling opportunities across the state through partnerships.


YOUR VOICE MATTERS!


ATTEND THE IRA’S ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE EVENT AT THE CAPITOL.

Share your insights with legislators and industry professionals. This year’s event will be held in the Capitol Rotunda from 7-9 a.m., February 7.

Contact Joe Horaney for details.

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 Association’s legislative priorities contact Legislative Co-Chairs Troy Willard or Alan Schumacher.