BOTTLE BILL: Advocates Push New Legislation

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The way Iowans use bottle containers is changing and that has some calling for a new Bottle Bill.

Pop consumption is down some, while the use of bottled water and sport drinks is increasing.

“The containers we’re talking about today really didn’t exist 10-15 even 34 years ago. That’s the difference, now they are the predominant container in their marketplace,” says Mick Barry, recycling advocate.

At the Statehouse Tuesday, recycling advocates hailed the success of Iowa’s original bottle bill started by Gov. Bob Ray, and then representative Terry Branstad in the 70s.

Due to the growth of sport drinks and bottled water, an expansion of the law is proposing those new categories should also have a five-cent deposit. The main incentive is more awareness on protecting landfills and preserving the environment.

The bill is proposed in the Senate and its future is uncertain.