116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
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This is John McGlothlen with The Gazette digital news desk and I'm here with your update for Monday, June 20th.
According to the National Weather Service, it will be sunny and hot, with a high near 95 in the Cedar Rapids area today. Winds from the south, 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Then tonight, clear, with a low around 70.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed into law the so-called bottle bill, the nickname for legislators’ annual attempt to make changes to the 44-year-old program that is designed to encourage Iowans to recycle some beverage containers. Under Iowa’s recycling program, consumers pay a 5-cent deposit on most plastic and aluminum beer and soda containers. They can recoup that nickel by returning empty containers to redemption centers or retailers. The changes to the law allows more grocery stores to leave the program. The changes attempt to boost the number of redemption centers by tripling a fee paid by beverage distributors to the redemption centers. The hope is that the increased funding will increase the number of redemption centers, including mobile and automated units.
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