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Can redemption center has no plans to close but hours will be cut

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV/KUOO) -

A lakes area bottle and can redemption center that employs 15 developmentally disabled residents has no plans to close, but it's operator says they've had to cut back on hours of operation to help meet operation costs.

Amanda Brewer, Executive Director of Echo Plus which operates the center in Spirit Lake, says the penny the centers are allowed to keep out of the state's nickel refund isn't enough to help them meet expenses.

"I don't think most organizations could operate with the profit of one cent on the five cents we get, but we do partner with the local Hy-Vee and Fareway, so they help in regard to keeping you know, trying to be at least a break-even situation," Brewer said.

Brewer encourages residents to contact state lawmakers to try to get them to increase the amount of the deposit redemption centers are allowed to retain. Similar efforts in past sessions have failed.

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