Storm Lake Hy-Vee and Fareway stores are among many Iowa groceries circulating a petition calling for Iowa law to drop a mandate for such stores to serve as used beverage container collection sites.
The statement from Iowa grocers reads:
Your Grocery Store is not a garbage dump!
At a time when food safety has never been more important to Americans, Iowa has a law directing consumers to take millions of dirty, contaminated beverage containers to their supermarkets every week. Does this make sense?
The grocers of Iowa think there's a better way. Curbside recycling is more effective, more convenient, more economical, and most importantly, it doesn't compromise the safety of your food supply. So what's standing in the way? The Iowa deposit law. Aluminum is the single most valuable component of the waste stream. Without aluminum, curbside collection and comprehensive recycling programs become a financial burden to taxpayers.
YOU CAN HELP
In the coming weeks, many Iowa supermarkets will have petitions available for you to sign. If you're in favor of safer food and a cleaner environment, join us in asking the Legislature to replace the current deposit law with a comprehensive, statewide recycling program.