Will Iowa Repeal the Bottle Bill?

A proposal to end Iowa’s 33-year old bottle redemption program is gaining bipartisan support among state lawmakers, but stiff opposition from environmental advocates and landfill operators is dimming prospects for rapid action.

Supporters for repeal say the bottle bill is an outdated philosophy that doesn’t meet the needs of modern Iowans, while opponents say the state is ill-equipped to handle increased pressure on landfills.

Iowa is one of just 11 states with a bottle bill still in effect.

“It was a trailblazing policy in the 1970s but we’re in the twenty-teens now,” says Iowa Grocery Industry Association representative Scott Sundstrom . “It’s time to look to a different kind of system.”

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Survey Says: VT Litter Rates Remain High

Bottle Bills Don’t Do the Trick

The final report of the 2010 Northeast Litter Survey shows that Vermont’s litter rate is higher than either Maine or New Hampshire and that the bottle bill makes little difference in that. More comprehensive measures are necessary to reduce litter and increase recycling.

MA Letter: Bottle Bill Hurts Recylcing

This op/ed from The Salem News (MA) eloquently expresses the issues with the bottle bill.

“The bottle bill is an outdated law that costs too much and does too little. Let’s make comprehensive recycling the success it should be and support efforts to strengthen these programs.”

Read the full op/ed on The Salem News site.

VT ANR 2008 Report on Solid Waste

In January of 2008, the Vermont Agency on Natural Resources produced a report on solid waste management for the state legislature, as ordered by the 2007 budget bill. Among other things, the report addresses strengths and weaknesses in the state’s existing SWM system and proposes a strategy for the future.

From the Executive Summary:
“While progress has been made, a plateau has been reached where the waste diversion rate for
municipal solid waste has been about 30% for the past five or more years, even though the state goal for municipal solid waste diversion was 50% by 2005. Meanwhile, the amount of solid waste Vermonters generate has increased over time.”

View our presentation summarizing the findings.

CA looks to EPR to boost recycling rates

CalRecycle is concerned that when the economy recovers, the state’s recycling effort will be challenged, as strong economies generally result in more waste generation.

To prepare for this challenge, and to strengthen the state’s recycling commitment CalRecycle says that it is actively working on measures to expand commercial recycling, increase recycling of the largest components of the waste stream, and further policies such as extended producer responsibility.

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