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’s advocacy efforts focused on the following priorities during the 2017 Legislative Session:
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.
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.
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.
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