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Proposed bill could eliminate bottle deposit in Iowa

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Proposed legislation that could eliminate Iowa's long standing "bottle bill" is advancing though the legislature.

HSB 163 advanced through a House subcommittee. Under Iowa's current law, consumers pay a five-cent deposit on canned and bottle beverages that can be refunded when brought back to a redemption center.

Under the new proposal, that deposit would be eliminated. Instead, distributors would be charged one cent per beverage container until $60 million is raised to help establish recycling and litter control programs. Grants and low-interest loans would be given to residential recycling programs for start-up or transition costs.

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The bill will be debated in full committee on Wednesday. Policy bills must pass full committee by Friday to be considered in this legislative session.

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