|Name||Beverage Container Deposit Law|
|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||5¢|
|Redemption Rate||overall 86% (i)|
|Reclamation System||Retail stores and redemption centers|
|Unredeemed Deposits||Retained by distributor/bottlers|
|Handling Fee||1¢, paid by distributor to retailer or redemption center|
Deposit containers banned from landfills in 1990; retailer can refuse containers if agreement exists w/licensed redemption center.
The redemption rate was estimated at 93% in the year 2000[ii], but has decreased to an estimated 86% in 2009-2011.
[i] Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources, as per email from Bill Blum on 8/1/12, and “Bottle Deposit Law” http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/BottleDepositLaw.aspx Accessed August 1, 2012
[ii] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per phone conversation with Jeff Geerts on 8/29/01 (year 2000 estimate).