Kick the can: Iowa’s bottle bill was falling apart — and then the pandemic made things worse

Read the full story in the Des Moines Register.

Like other grocery chains across the state, Boone-based Fareway has been trying for years to shed the burden of the costly and sometimes difficult-to-manage state-mandated redemption program, which has proved popular with the public and difficult to kill. Another attempt could be made when the Iowa Legislature convenes its 2021 session next month. 

But when the chain chose this summer to defy Iowa’s nearly 42-year-old Beverage Containers Control Law — without penalty, so far — it foisted greater problems on dozens of businesses that, long before the pandemic, were struggling to meet some of the law’s increasingly outdated provisions.

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