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SCK Can Co: Help Keep Iowa Clean by reCyClIng SCK Can Co., a local recycling center, is hoping that a bill in the Iowa House of Representatives will be passed and encompass more containers to be redeemed that would otherwise end up in landfills. plastics out of the landfill. We wanted to create a business we would enjoy and we have been extremely happy with it over the years,” said Steve, who worked as a factory representative for many years before he went into recycling. The bill would expand Iowa’s Beverage Containers Control Law to include water, juice and sports drinks in addition to the carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages it currently covers. Located at 1614 Center St., the large retail walk-in redemption center is open seven days a week. Iowa’s Beverage Containers Control Law, known as the “bottle bill,” was passed in 1978. It requires that consumers pay a 5-cent deposit on cans and bottles of carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages. The money is refunded to consumers when the container is returned. The bipartisan bill has 40 House co-sponsors. House file 2155 would keep the state’s 5-cent deposit on bottles and cans, and grocery stores would continue to redeem beverage containers unless there is a nearby redemption center. In an effort to increase the number of Iowa redemption centers that accept cans and bottles, the bill would increase the handling fee for retailers and redemption centers from 1 cent to 2 cents. The center offers full-size can bags for purchase, or customers can bring in their own container with recyclables. If they bring in their own container, they can count and place their recyclables in a box with a bag provided at the center or tell the staff how many recyclables are in their container. Cans and plastics must be separated into different containers. A box of 240 cans is worth $12 and a box of 140 (20-ounce) pop bottles is redeemable for $7. A lot of cans and bottles come through the center. SCK Can Co. purchases the containers from customers, and bottlers and distributors buy them from SCK. “Every container recycled through us is repurposed into another container,” he said. Aluminum cans can be used to make airplane parts, building facades or bicycles. Plastic bottles can be made into carpet, “The original Bottle Bill hasn’t more bottles, T-shirts, sweaters, fleece substantially changed over the last 40 years. jackets, and insulation for jackets and It has just covered alcoholic beverages sleeping bags. and carbonated drinks. Since then, a lot In addition to keeping cans and plastic of containers have been introduced, such bottle out of the landfill, recycling them at a as plastic water, tea and juice bottles, and redemption center such as SCK Can Co. can energy drinks. The original bill has saved put extra money in customers’ pockets and billions of containers from going to the raise funds for charities and organizations. landfill. The number of containers that would be recycled would multiply many SCK Can Co. is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. times over with an expanded recycling bill,” Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. said Steve Rasmussen, Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. co-owner of SCK Can Co. with his wife For more information, call 712-258-8996, Elaine. visit them on their Profile Page: While the bottle bill is unpopular among http://siouxcityjournal.com/places/public_ Iowa grocers, there is still widespread services_government/recycling_center/sckpublic support for the beverage deposit law. can-co/business_4000091586.html, A study released by the Iowa Department or see them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SckCo/ of Natural Resources shows an annual return rate of 71 percent for containers covered under the bottle deposit law. That is significantly higher than the national average of a 29 percent recovery rate. SCK Co. “Recycling makes sense for maintaining our environment and keeping cans and NORTH Center Street The Rasmussens opened SCK Can Co. in 1999 because they firmly believe in the recycling business, he said. 19th Street SCK CO. 16th Street 14th Street