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Beverage Containers Control Law

Bags of CansIowa's Beverage Containers Control Law, also known as the "Bottle Bill," helps reduce and clean up litter by recovering beverage containers for recycling.

Iowa's bottle bill deposit law covers all carbonated and alcoholic beverages. Consumers 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 86 percent of beverage containers, or 1.65 billion, are redeemed annually in Iowa.

Bottle Bill Facts

  • It takes more energy to make a bottle from virgin materials than to make a bottle from recycled materials.
  • Energy savings from Iowa's Bottle Bill could heat 42,845 average Iowa households.
  • The current deposit law prevents litter and recycles 82,352 tons or 190,850 cubic yards of material per year - equivalent to a line of 784 large railroad box cars stretching more than 68,000 feet long.

Approved Redemption Centers

Before dealers, such as grocery stores and convenience stores, can lawfully stop redeeming cans and bottles, they are required to have a redemption center approved by the DNR. The following are lists of DNR-approved redemption centers.

  • Approved redemption centers for stores exempt from redeeming containers:

Publications - Posters for retailers and redemption centers are in PDF format:

Documents and Forms