Bottle Bill Resource Guide

Name  Beverage Container Deposit Law
Purpose Litter Control
Enacted 4/1/1978
Date Implemented Beer, soft drinks - May 1, 1979; wine/liquor - July 1, 1979
Beverages Covered Beer, carbonated soft drinks & mineral water, wine coolers, wine & liquor
Containers Covered Any sealed glass, plastic, or metal bottle, can, jar or carton containing a beverage
Amount of Deposit
Reclamation System Retail stores and redemption centers
Handling Fee 1¢, paid by distributor to retailer or redemption center
Deposit Beverage Container Recycling Rate 2017: 
PET 60%
Aluminum 69%
Glass 83%
Overall 71%[iv]



Deposit containers banned from landfills in 1990; retailer can refuse containers if agreement exists with an approved redemption center.

The redemption rate was estimated at 93% in the year 2000[ii], but decreased to an estimated 86% from 2007 to 2016. [i].

Updating the estimated redemption rate is not done every year due to a lack of resources - the 86% redemption rate that was estimated for 2007-2016 was recalculated in 2017 to 71%.[iii]


[i] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per e-mail correspondence with Bill Blum on 2/27/15 & 1/7/16 (year 2007-2016 estimate)

[ii] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per phone conversation with Jeff Geerts on 8/29/01 (year 2000 estimate).

[iii] Source: The redemption rate was recalculated by the Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources using data from its 2017 statewide Waste Characterization Study and with analytic help from CRI.

[iv] Note: these are recycling rates that include both redemption refund and collection of deposit containers at curbside. Source: "Study shows new recovery rate of containers in Iowa." Press released issued by Iowa Department of Natural Resources, January 18, 2018. 

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Bill Blum
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Land Quality Bureau
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319


Iowa Recycling Association
PO Box 10954
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410