The Can Shed - By the Numbers

The Can Shed has served the needs of consumers, retailers, and distributors of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor for over 20 years.  We have walk-in locations in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City which facilitate the process of collecting and recycling beverage containers.  Collectively, the two facilities see between 300 and 400 customers daily resulting in over 100 million containers recycled annually.  Additionally, we haul and process recovered deposit material from numerous distributors across eastern Iowa.  We processed over 12.5 million pounds of material for recycling last year alone. 

In addition to contributing to the environmental well-being of our state, the Can Shed takes great pride in supporting fantastic community organizations.  Groups like Habitat for Humanity, Project Aware, and other school, church, and sports groups depend on can redemption to fund activities.  The Can Shed distributed over $67,000 last year to these charitable organizations.  Without that money, many of those groups’ activities would not have been possible.

The bottle bill was signed into law in 1978 with the goal of improving recycling in Iowa.  It has accomplished that goal and has even helped Iowa become a top five recycling state in the country.  Repealing the bottle bill would be a terrible mistake for Iowa.  Not only would more than 40 Can Shed employees be without a job, but Iowa’s can recycling numbers would drop dramatically resulting in a spike in litter.  The bottle bill is good for the environment, it is good for Iowa, and it needs to stay!

Troy Willard

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