|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¢||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 Beverage Container Recycling Rate|
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.
Updating the estimated redemption rate is not done every year due to a lack of resources - the 86% redemption rate that was estimated for 2009-2011 is still substantially true.[iii]
[i] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per e-mail correspondence with Bill Blum on 2/27/15 & 1/7/16 (year 2009-2011 estimate) http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/BottleDepositLaw.aspx
[ii] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per phone conversation with Jeff Geerts on 8/29/01 (year 2000 estimate).
[iii] Source: Iowa DNR, Waste Management Division, as per e-mail correspondence with Bill Blum on 2/27/15
[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.