This photograph shows a display of company sodas on the bottling line at the Dublin Bottling Works and W.P. Kloster Museum in Dublin, Texas. Iowa's Beverage Containers Control Law, also known as the "Bottle Bill," helps reduce and clean up litter by recovering beverage containers for recycling. Customers pay a five-cent deposit when purchasing a beverage container and receive a five-cent refund when returning the container to a store or redemption center. The high level of participation by Iowa's businesses and Iowa consumers is the key to the program's success. An estimated 71 percent of beverage containers are redeemed annually in Iowa. The only other states that have bottle/can redemption laws are: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont.
- Why do you have to pay an extra five cents when you purchase a bottle or can of pop in Iowa?
- How does having this law help us be responsible and respectful?
Highsmith, Carol M., "Display of company sodas on the bottling line at the Dublin Bottling Works and W.P. Kloster Museum in Dublin, Texas," 5 September 2014. Courtesy of Library of Congress