More Attention for the Better Bottle Bill

The “Better Bottle Bill for Iowa” was the focus of a half hour public affairs television segment that aired on Sunday morning, May 12 on KCRG in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - one of the largest television stations in Eastern Iowa.  Marc Beltrame of the BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, which is lobbying on behalf of its client to modernize Iowa’s popular and successful bottle bill, and Sheri Cunningham, owner of the can and bottle redemption center in Pella, Iowa, discussed the positive effects that the Iowa Bottle Bill has on Iowa’s economy, environment, and our communities.  Beltrame and Cunningham also explained that if the successful law is modernized, hundreds of millions of new containers would be kept out of ditches, waterways, and landfills, hundreds of new Iowa jobs would be created and countless civic and charitable organizations would have access to additional resources for community betterment programs.  A representative of the Iowa Grocers Association, which, along with their affiliate members, has doled out over $1 million dollars in campaign contributions over the past decade in an effort to kill the bottle bill, was invited to participate but was a no-show for the taping.