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Changes to beverage container law posed

DES MOINES (AP) — Grocery and beverage manufacturing groups want to rewrite Iowa’s beverage container law and opt for a statewide recycling program instead.

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association and the Iowa Beverage Association introduced a proposal Tuesday that would repeal the 5-cent bottle deposit law in exchange for an approach incentivizing curbside recycling. The associations plan to push the proposal during the Legislature’s 2018 session.

Under the proposal, the beverage industry would finance a fund to expand recycling and encourage landfills to recycle more. Grocery stores would no longer need to redeem bottles and cans.

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