Beverage and Grocery industries release new poll on bottle bill

Des Moines, Iowa – Representatives of the Iowa Beverage Association and the Iowa Grocery Industry released a poll today (Tuesday) they say shows a majority of Iowans want to modernize the 40-year-old bottle deposit law. The two groups have been trying for several years to make changes in the law without success.  The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group, and its vice president, Brian Nienaber talked about the results in a conference call with reporters.

He says they found that 97 percent of the people in the poll were aware of iowa’s deposit law.

Nienaber says they asked a series of questions to gauge how people would like to see the law changed.

He says there were several things people did NOT want to see changed.

The groups propose a new law that would do  away the five-cent deposit on carbonated cans and bottles, create an incentive for the expansion of access and use of curbside recycling and eliminate the need to return bottles and cans to the grocery stores.  The proposal creates a fund to help with expansion of recycling. The president of the Iowa Beverage Association, John Otterbeck, says they are still working out the details, but the industry would put money into the fund.

The fund could have up to 60 million dollars. Efforts to change the bottle bill have been going on for a decade or more.  Representatives of the I-B-A and I-G-A says this latest poll gives them support to push legislators to make changes in the law.  See more about the poll at Radio Iowa.com.

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