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Iowa Senate crushes bottle bill

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

The Iowa Senate Subcommittee has crushed a bill that would put a 5 cent deposit on plastic bottles.

Senator Joe Bolkcom, who was leading the bill, said the issue needs further study.

This deposit would have applied to anything from Gatorade to water bottles.

In all the years the bottle bill has been pushed at the capitol, there hasn't been any hard evidence that if it was expanded, it would be positive for the state.

However, a new Iowa State study shows it could create as many as 336 jobs and prevent millions of plastic bottles from hitting the landfill.

A recent Selzer poll also found that 84 percent of Iowans supported the bottle bill.

Proponents of the bill said this could cost Iowa families $200-300 more a year.

Some also wonder if it is necessary charge this extra money when curbside recycling pickup is available.

That same Iowa State study shows that only 26 percent of bottles are being recycled right now.

According to the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa rates fourth in the country for percent of waste recycled.

 

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