The redemption businesses that remain are worried about a sudden influx of containers, similar to what they experienced after the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. Some fear it will sour Iowans’ attitudes about recycling the containers.
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SF 2378, which will take effect July 1 if signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, will raise the handling fee from 1 to 3 cents per container, let distributors continue to retain the unredeemed deposits, which are estimated to be as much as $40 to $50 million a year and let retailers that meet certain condition opt out of redeeming containers.
In addition to raising the handling fee from one to three cents per container and letting retailers that meet certain condition opt out, SF 2378 increases enforcement through the Attorney General’s Office, offers distributors a 1-cent credit against their taxes for each container they handle and increases legislative oversight. But the Senate must agree.
Bill would allow retailers to opt out of redeeming carbonated and alcoholic beverage containers, but they would pay a half-cent handling fee for five years. Distributors would pay an additional penny handling fee to redemption centers for each bottle or can returned.
Changes may be coming to Iowa’s recycling law, regardless of how beverage wholesalers and grocery stores feel about it, one state lawmaker Monday during a legislative hearing on the latest proposal in the seemingly annual effort to make changes to the state recycling law, more commonly known as the “bottle bill.”
Some have called expanding the bottle bill to include water and energy drinks, and double the deposit to a dime to increase the penny-per-can handling fee for redemption centers to 2 cents. Even that may not be enough to support redemption centers, especially in rural Iowa, according to Iowa State University economics professor Dermot Hayes, who has been analyzing the bottle bill for about 10 years.
According to a new poll from Selzer & Co., 84 percent of Iowans said the state’s recycling law is good for the state, while just 12 percent said it is bad. And 80 percent said the state should either keep the law as it is, or expand it to add more types of eligible containers and more retail locations where containers can be returned.