This week, Senator Mark Segebart (R-Vail) filed the first legislation aimed at updating the bottle bill. He sits on the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, which handles most bottle bill-related measures. A subcommittee meeting will be held to discuss this legislation, Senate File 59. Sen. Segebart himself will chair the subcommittee. Natural Resources Committee Chair Sen. Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) and Sen. Claire Celsi (D-West Des Moines) will round out the subcommittee.
SF 59 would remove retailers from the deposit system, thus requiring consumers to return their cans and bottles to redemption centers. Beverage distributors would pick up the empty containers at least weekly. Meanwhile, the handling fee distributors pay to redemption centers would be doubled from one cent to two cents per container. Under this legislation, all redemption centers must be approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The bill would take effect on July 1, 2020. Unapproved redemption centers would have to shut down operations by December 1, 2020.