Iowa’s Bottle Bill
Iowa’s Beverage Containers Control Law, also known as the “Bottle Bill,” was passed in 1978 as a litter control measure. Litter is reduced by encouraging recycling through a deposit-redemption system covering all carbonated and alcoholic beverage containers.
The popularity of this 40-year-old law is evident in the high level of participation by Iowa businesses and citizens. An estimated 71% of beverage containers are redeemed annually in Iowa, reducing litter, creating jobs and keeping materials out of landfills.
Does Iowa’s Bottle Bill need to be modernized? Yes! Until recently, Iowa’s container redemption rate was 85%. While the current rate of 71% is still more than twice as high as states without a Bottle Bill (29%), the lower rate reveals the need to update the legislation so more kinds of containers can be redeemed with improved convenience.