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29 Iowa counties are Bottle Bill 'redemption deserts'

29 Iowa counties are Bottle Bill 'redemption deserts'

A coalition that supports Iowa's long-standing "Bottle Bill" says 29 counties are now "redemption deserts" where there is nowhere to take an empty beverage can or bottle and redeem the deposit fee. Iowa lawmakers changed the Bottle Bill in 2022. Retailers that sell pop, beer and other beverages can opt out of the requirement to accept empties and pay deposits if there's a redemption center nearby. The Cleaner Iowa coalition surveyed hundreds of Iowa retailers that sell beverages and collect the nickel deposit. It found only18-and-a-half percent of Iowa grocery stores that responded continue to accept empties and pay back the deposits. R-G Schwarm, a spokesman for Cleaner Iowa, says most of the redemption deserts are in rural areas. 

"The Bottle Bill works and it will continue to work as long as convenient redemption opportunies are available," Schwarm says. Cleaner Iowa's survey did connect with 143 retailers that were not allowed by the new law to opt out -- and just eight were still accepting empty containers. The 2022 law established a civil fine for retailers that failed to follow the law, but Schwarm says state officials haven't set up a system to investigate complaints. 

"I think a big part of this with the changes is education," Schwarm said. "I don't think a lot of folks recognize where they can redeem and also how they can contact the Department of Natural Resources if they are non-compliant." The 2022 law increased the per container handling fee for redemption centers. There have been 43 new redemption centers open, but most are in the state's largest counties according to Cleaner Iowa.

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