Bottle bill expansion not dead yet

Although it’s not the comprehensive overhaul of the bottle bill that I’d like to see, the draft bill that would expand the nickel deposit to bottled water, juice and sports drinks is still a step in the right direction.

I was encouraged to read “>in the Des Moines Register that there’s still a decent chance that bill could become law this year.

“The odds are at least even or better than we might be able to pass that this year, but there’s not yet consensus,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Earlier today, Lt. Gov. Patty Judge held a news conference with representatives from Iowa redemption centers and landfills. They called on the Iowa House to take action on a proposal to expand the bottle bill to include more containers, and to pay redemption centers two cents per container instead of one cent.

“Some say Gov. (Chet) Culver and I sound like a broken record on this issue,” Judge said. “That’s OK.”

Good for Culver and Judge. Consumption of bottled water, juice and sports drinks has skyrocketed since the original bottle bill went through in the 1970s. We need to get more of those containers out of landfills and into the recycling chain.

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