Poll shows "almost universal support" for Iowa's Bottle Bill

Nearly nine in 10 active Iowa voters support Iowa's "bottle bill" allowing for a deposit and redemption process for water bottles, sports drink bottles and cans.

That's according to a latest poll conducted by J. Ann Selzer. This comes as a bill that's making its way through the statehouse would eliminate the law that's been in place for nearly four decades.

The poll of 700 active voters was conducted between Feb. 23 and 26.

This is the breakdown of the findings:

  • Nearly nine in 10 active Iowa voters say the law has been beneficial for the state
  • Nearly four in five are supportive of keeping the law in some form, possibly even expanding it
  • Every age group, party, congressional district and community type overwhelmingly supported keeping the law or expanding it
  • Large majorities say it's eliminated public littering, increased recycling and benefit charities

Troy Willard with the Can Shed Redemption Center in Cedar Rapids spoke during a press conference held at the statehouse Thursday in favor of the current law.

"One of the benefits we enjoy are the fundraising opportunities that provides for good groups in our area," he said. "We work with the American Legions, we work with schools, different athletic groups, Habitat for Humanity."

The bill, which cleared the House Environmental Protection Committee before the first legislative deadline to keep legislation eligible for further discussion this legislative session, is now in the House Ways and Means Committee. That committee isn't subject to tight legislative deadlines.

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