A coalition of Iowa grocers want legislators to change the bottle law, a proposal that would eliminate recycling centers at grocery stores and expand more curbside recycling.
Officials said the current recycling system is putting the food in supermarkets at risk of being contaminated with harmful bacteria.
"Grocery stores are not garbage dumps," said Jerry Fleagle, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.
"At a time when Americans are more concerned than ever about cleanliness and food safety, it makes no sense to have them bring dirty, contaminated beverage containers to the same places they buy food for their families."
Hy-Vee, Fareway and Super Valu officials are asking customers to sign a petition to urge legislators and Gov. Tom Vilsack to make the change.
Read the rest of this story in the Dec. 1 Pilot Tribune.