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Iowa May Expand 5 Cent Bottle Redemption Program

Posted at: 03/26/2013 12:29 PM
Updated at: 03/26/2013 1:09 PM

Credit: MGN OnlineDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State lawmakers and recycling advocates have introduced legislation that would expand Iowa's 5-cent bottle redemption program.

The measure would expand the redemption program to include non-carbonated beverages like water, tea and sports drinks. Current law only allows redemption of alcoholic and carbonated beverages.

Bill supporters introduced the measure Tuesday and the legislation now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review.
    
Democratic Senator Robert Dvorsky of Coralville said Monday the bill would expand recycling and create 330 new jobs in the recycling industry.
    
The public appears to support such an expansion of the program, approved in 1978. A poll by The Des Moines Register last month showed 64 percent of Iowans support an expansion.
  
But a spokesman for Governor Terry Branstad says the governor hasn't decided whether to support the proposal.

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