October 24, 2008

The Gazette

95 can redemption centers will receive state grants

DES MOINES — Gov. Chet Culver announced Friday that 95 can redemption centers in Iowa will receive state grants to continue their efforts to reduce litter and encourage recycling.

The Redemption Center Grants Program, which was passed into law by the 2008 Legislature and is being administered by the state Department of Natural Resources, allocated $1 million for improvements to independent redemption centers.

Bill Blum, DNR program planner, said a number of applicants sought state money to make basic building and equipment improvements.

"Some redemption centers are using their grants to get can-counting machines, business computers, and facility developments that will make them more efficient to grow and better serve their communities," he said.

The department drafted formal administrative rules, criteria and procedures for the application process. Applications were due by early October and addressed the goals of sustainability, convenience and accessibility, with no redemption center to receive more than $15,000 in funding.

"As governor, I am committed to protecting the land, lakes, rivers, and streams that we all love," Culver said. "Iowa's can redemption centers provide a valuable service by helping to keep cans and bottles out of landfills, waterways and green spaces. I am proud to announce these grants, and support their mission of keeping Iowa beautiful."

According to the beverage market data analysis from the Container Recycling Institute, Iowa ranks first in its region for return rates per capita, with 86 percent of containers redeemed annually, he said.

For a complete list of the redemption centers awarded funding go to http://www.iowadnr.com/waste/recycling/files/rcgrant_winners.pdf


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