Patience Wearing Thin Over Faltering Bottle Bill

Tue 1-26-2016 []

(Okoboji)-- Patience is starting to wear thin among many, including some local legislators, when it comes to Iowa’s failed bottle bill. It was a topic of discussion at at legislative forum Saturday at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. State Representative Megan Jones of Spencer told the gathering the problem with a lack of redemption centers is about to get even worse, thanks to a federal ruling that says people with disabilities cannot be working in settings such as redemption facilities...Bottle Bill Concerns01 

State Senator David Johnson expressed his frustration over a lack of action on the issue...Bottle Bill Concerns02 

Both Jones and State Representative John Wills of Spirit Lake serve on a legislative committee that’s been appointed to study the existing bottle bill. They say additional time is needed for the study, saying it’s highly complex.    

Meanwhile, Horizon’s Unlimited, a can redemption center in Emmetsburg that utilizes the services of disabled persons, announced this morning it will be permanently shutting down its operations effective March 1st as a result of the federal ruling. A news release says the center will continue to accept cans and bottles until 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 29th.    

The release goes on to say that Horizons Unlimited is in the process of finding jobs in the community for its members, and that its building complex in Emmetsburg has been sold. Horizons officials say they’ll start operations from a new location July 1st or earlier.