Hayes bottle bill report cited in article

June 22, 2021

Dermot HayesDermot Hayes, professor, was interviewed in a June 21 NE Iowa News story, "Iowans toss away millions by forsaking nickel deposit on empties."

Dermot Hayes, an Iowa State University professor of economics and finance who wrote the 2018 “Modernizing the Iowa Bottle Bill” report, said no similar survey since has been conducted. But he noted Iowa’s recycling rate has declined by about 2 percent annually so that consumer “loss” likely is closer to $40 million on unredeemed containers—with a similar rise in the net “windfall profits” to distributors.


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