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Friday, February 01, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Grocers, recyclers split on bottle bill direction

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

One of the raps against Iowa's bottle bill is that grocery stores are
in the food business, not the recycling business. But folks who are
in the recycling and redemption center business say expanding the
container law to cover more items would help the state's recycling
rate. "When you look in the ditches and the landfills, you see water
and juice bottles," said Jim Hansen, co-owner of the Can Shed in Cedar
Rapids. "Those are products that didn't exist 28 years ago" when Iowa
passed the bottle bill. Hansen told Iowa Independent that the economy
has also changed a lot in 28 years. "We're still unclear about the
guts of the Governor's proposal," Hansen said of Governor Culver's


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