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Can Country to fill void for redemption center

December 6, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama County residents shocked by the sudden closing of the can/bottle redemption center will now have a new option for recycling these items by taking them to Can Country, located at an old feed mill near the airport.

"We've had a redemption center in town, but it suddenly closed down a month and a half ago," Joe Jacobs, owner of Can Country said. "I've seen all the chatter about it on Facebook and it became clear they were not going to open again. I then thought about this old building I don't anything with."

The mill has no electricity, is drafty and unsafe for crowds, but has plenty of room for cans to be stored for the community before being collected by distributors for recycling. Anything with an Iowa beverage deposit can be accepted. Jacobs and family will take care of collecting the cans from the car as the feed mill is in too rough of shape for the public.

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"I wasn't planning on getting into this because I have my own 40-hour job," Jacobs said. "I want to see how this does over a year since I have no idea what to expect. People can store up their cans and bottles at home until they're ready, I'll count them up and pay them for what they have."

Initially planning to do a soft opening on Saturday, Dec. 8, Jacob's wife was approached working in the school kitchen about a can drive to raise funds for the athletic department.

"We spoke with the principal and learned they had been planning on this can drive for awhile," Jacobs said. "Then the redemption center closing no one knew what to do. They saw the Facebook page and approached her. The money will be used for uniforms for athletics. High school kids will drive around that day and pick up cans from people's house."

According to Jacobs, Items can also be dumped at a trailer at Farmers Saving Bank, or be donated to the redemption center for the full nickel to go to the school for the cans. Jacobs plans to have his soft opening from 11-4 as he works to learn how this business model will work.

"My goal is to make this as easy as possible for everyone to get their cans redeemed," Jacobs said. "I will only get a penny a can/bottle, so it needs to be easy on my part too. Whatever money I can make will go back into this building. A part of this is coming apart and any improvements would be beneficial."

Can Country will officially open Monday, Dec. 17, but already has gained traction for its social media page and the need for a local redemption center back in Traer. Hours will be on Monday from 9-5. Tuesday 10-1, Friday 11-1 and Saturday 11-4. For more information about Can Country, check out their Facebook page or email No phone number is available for this business.



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