"A Golden Opportunity..." Iowa's Better Bottle Bill

An editorial written by Teresa Kurtz of the Iowa Recycling Association in support of the Better Bottle Bill appeared in the Monday, May 13, 2013 edition of The Daily Iowan.

Key excerpts from the editorial are as follows:

“Looking back over the last 35 years, few can argue about the successes of the Iowa Bottle Bill. Our state became recognized as a worldwide leader in recycling, hundreds of good jobs created, and more than 90 percent of plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans make it back to redemption centers. Countless civic and community organizations, schools, and churches have used this law to make a difference in the lives of those around us. As a result, we are keeping Iowa beautiful, preserving our bountiful natural resources, and guaranteeing generations of Iowans the ability to enjoy our beautiful parks and trails without the blight of unwanted litter.”

“This is not a new issue, but it is an important one. We have a golden opportunity to take something popular that works well and make it even better. By acting on legislation this year to expand Iowa’s container-deposit law, we can help create Iowa jobs, clean up our environment, and make our great state an even better place for generations to come. The time for action is now.”

To read the entire editorial on The Daily Iowan website, visit HERE.

Sweet, Hands-on Learning at the Iowa Capitol

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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.

Attend a legislative forum and voice your support

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Contacting your legislator in person and expressing support for Iowa's Bottle Bill is not only effective, but is possible during legislative forums.  An informal list of forums across the State of Iowa for April 6-8, 2013 follows:

Representative Scott Ourth 
Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Simpson College, Kent Campus Center 
701 North Street, Indianola, IA 
FORUM SPONSOR: Warren County Economic Development 
CONTACT: Hollie Askey / haskey@wcedc.com OR 515-961-1067 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Community Center 
207 E 1st Street, Kingsley, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: City Hall 
101 E. Maple, Lawton, Iowa 

Senator Randy Feenstra 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Hawarden City Office 
1150 Central Avenue, Hawarden, Iowa 

Senator Rich Taylor 
Representative Jerry Kearns 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Hawkeye Restaurant 
105 N. Park Drive, Keokuk, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Keokuk Legislative Forum 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
LOCATION: Climbing Hill Barn 
77 Deer Run Trail, Climbing Hill, Iowa 

Representative Greg Heartsill 
DATE: Friday, April 5, 2013 
TIME: 2:00 PM 
LOCATION: Melcher-Dallas City Hall 
305 'D' Main Street, Melcher-Dallas, Iowa 

Representative Clel Baudler 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM 
LOCATION: Guthrie Center Public Library 
400 Grand Street, Guthrie Center, Iowa 

Representative Mark Costello 
Senator Joni Ernst 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:00 AM 
LOCATION: YMCA 
101 E. Cherry Street, Red Oak, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Remsen Town Hall 
Library, 211 Fulton Street, Remsen, Iowa 

Representative Dave Maxwell 
Senator Tim Kapucian 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Grinnell, Iowa 

Senator Ken Rozenboom 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Ottumwa, Iowa 

Senator Jack Whitver 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Neveln Center 
306 SW School Street, Ankeny, Iowa 

Senator Chris Brase 
Senator Tom Courtney 
Representative Tom Sands 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Muscatine Community College 
152 Colorado Street, Muscatine, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Muscatine County Legislative Forum 

Senator Mike Gronstal 
Representative Mary Ann Hanusa 
Representative Mark Brandenburg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Wilson Middle School Auditorium 
715 N. 21st Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce 

Representative Megan Hess 
Senator David Johnson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 
LOCATION: City Hall 
418 2nd Avenue W., Spencer, Iowa 

Representative Todd Prichard 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:00 AM 
LOCATION: Chickasaw County Farm Bureau 
808 S. Main Street, New Hampton, Iowa 

Senator Tod Bowman 
Representative Chuck Isenhart 
Senator Pam Jochum 
Representative Pat Murphy 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Diamond Jo Casino, Harbor Room 
301 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa 

Representative Mary Gaskill 
Representative Curt Hanson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 Am 
LOCATION: Bridge View Center 
102 Church Street, Ottumwa, Iowa 

Representative Brian Moore 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Dubuque Cracker Barrell 
Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa 
FORUM SPONSOR: AFL-CIO 

Representative Joe Riding 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM 
LOCATION: Altoona Library 
700 8th Street SW, Altoona, Iowa 

Senator Charles Schneider 
Representative Rob Taylor 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Waukee City Council Chambers 
230 W. Hickman Road, Waukee, Iowa 

Representative Clel Baudler 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Nodaway Diner 
502 SE Kent Street, Greenfield, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Habitue Coffeehouse and Creperie 
108 Central Avenue NE, LeMars, Iowa 

Senator Brad Zaun 
Representative Jake Highfill 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Rich's Brew 
5800 Merle Hay Road, Suite 9, Johnston, Iowa 

Representative Matt Windschitl 
Senator Nancy Boettger 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Onawa Public Library 
707 Iowa Avenue, Onawa, Iowa 

Representative Dave Maxwell 
Senator Tim Kapucian 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Iowa County Farm Bureau Office 
212 W. State Street, Williamsburg, Iowa 

Senator Thomas Courtney 
Representative Tom Sands 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 
LOCATION: Wapello Community Room 
306 N. 2nd Street, Wapello, Iowa 

Representative Megan Hess 
Representative Jeff Smith 
Senator David Johnson 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
 TIME: 11:00 AM 
LOCATION: Maritime Museum 
243 Broadway Street, Arnolds Park, Iowa 

Representative Chuck Soderberg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: Akron Library 
350 Reed Street, Akron, Iowa 

Senator Brad Zaun 
Representative Jake Highfill 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
LOCATION: Gortz Haus 
408 East 1st Street, Grimes, Iowa 

Representative Mark Brandenburg 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
LOCATION: Carter Lake Senior Center 
626 Locust Street, Carter Lake, Iowa 

Senator Chris Brase 
DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013 
TIME: 1:00 PM 
LOCATION: TBD 
Blue Grass, Iowa 

Representative Marti Anderson 
DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013 
TIME: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM 
LOCATION: Grounds for Celebration 
2709 Beaver Avenue, Beaverdale, Iowa 

A packed Senate subcommittee!

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A photo taken during this morning's Better Bottle Bill subcommittee meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.  The crowd, filled with countless Bottle Bill supporters, small business owners, recycling advocates, and Iowans from across the State, was so large that the subcommittee meeting was moved to accomodate everyone.  Stay tuned for an updated on the outcome of this important subcommittee meeting!  

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