Beverage Containers Control Law

Iowa'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.

2022 Rule Revisions

DNR is seeking informal comment on proposed rule revisions to the Beverage Container Control Rules located in 567 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 107. 

Notice of Intended Action (published 11/2/22)

Proposed Rule Revisions (version 8/31/22)

The rule revisions are intended to:

  • Implement changes made to Iowa Code 455C due to the passage of SF 2378 
  • Provide clarifications
  • Remove outdated provisions.

A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally will be held via conference call November 22, 2022 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Persons who wish to make oral comments at the conference call public hearing must submit a request prior to the hearing. A conference call number will be provided prior to the hearing. DNR will accept written comments until 4:30 pm November 22, 2022. Written comments on the proposed rule revisions and requests to comment orally at the public hearing should be submitted to bottlebill@dnr.iowa.gov.

How to get can and bottle refunds:

The basic way the deposit/refund system works is for people to take their empty containers back to the stores where those products are sold. The only way a store can lawfully be exempt from redeeming cans and bottles is if it has an Iowa DNR “approved” redemption center. The store must have posted a certificate issued by the Iowa DNR that identifies the “approved” redemption center, its location and the hours it is open.

NOTE: The below list of Redemption Centers might have businesses that have closed without notifying the Iowa DNR and it may not have businesses listed that are open but that have not registered with the Iowa DNR.

  • Redemption Center Directory Report
    • Select "Redemption Center Directory" from the Reports drop down menu
    • Select desired search criteria, if any
    • Select desired report format (pdf format visually displays the information the best)