Do Bottle Bills Boost Recycling?

May 24th, 2018 - With China leaning hard on plastics exporters to dramatically boost bale quality, proponents of bottle bill laws stand firm that these laws are critical. Supporters assert such legislation generates more, and cleaner, materials. But manufacturers and retailers argue bottle deposit programs duplicate what curbside collection programs achieve and can cost a lot more to do so.  Read More

Bottle Bill is good for our state’s environment and economy

March 20th, 2018 - Former governors Terry Branstad and Robert Ray shared a vision nearly 40 years ago to implement Iowa’s Bottle Bill as a part of Iowa’s highly successful, integrated and multi-faceted recycling process. Read More

Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40%

February 20th, 2018 - Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year. Read More

Connecticut task force shies away from packaging EPR

February 14th, 2018 - A task force created by Connecticut's General Assembly to reduce consumer packaging waste released its final report and voted 6-3 against endorsing extended producer responsibility (EPR). Read More

Fresh Ideas: Talking trash in the capital city

February 13th, 2018 - Carson City has embarked on an unprecedented campaign of trash talking. Yes, city government is boldly going forth to envision the future — of garbage collection and recycling — with your help.  Read More