On Monday, April 15, Iowa Better Bottle Supporters from across the state converged on the Iowa Capitol for a fun, interactive event in support of a more modernized law that includes deposits on water bottles and other popularly consumed non-carbonated beverages. That morning, all 150 legislators, legislative staff and members of Governor Branstad’s office received plastic bottles that included an important message (message in a bottle) in support of the Better Bottle Bill, also known as SSB1247.
From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., everyone that received a bottle was able visit the Capitol rotunda, learn about the Better Bottle Bill and redeem their bottle for a cupcake that included an edible “Better Bottle Bill” logo. The cupcakes were made by Live Love Bake, a small business located in Grimes, Iowa. Several media outlets were present as Better Bottle Bill volunteers spoke with legislators and staff about the importance of modernizing Iowa’s successful and popular container deposit law.