(Des Moines) A group pushing to modernize the 34-year-old Bottle Bill met with Iowa lawmakers Tuesday asking them to modernize Iowa’s five-cent beverage container redemption law. The push is to add plastic water bottles and sports drinks to the mix along with carbonated and alcohol containers.
“If you go back to 1978 when this all started water bottles and sports drinks were not an item, now they are saying those items are selling more than soft drinks,” stated Dave Jones, owner of MCF Can Redemption in Atlantic.
Jones says the new bill would eliminate trash. For example; adding a nickel deposit to plastic drink containers such as water bottles and sports drinks would eliminate cleanup after sporting events.
“You very seldom see nickel deposit items sitting on the ground too long, and that is the whole thing behind this said Jones. They work in conjunction with each other; it is a perfect match,”
According to a study, adding water bottles ect. to the bill would eliminate 25-tons of plastic litter, and 18-tons of aluminum.
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March 27, 2013