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MANLY | North Iowans with carbonated and alcoholic beverage containers can soon redeem them in Manly.

That’s thanks to Jeff Germundson, a 20-year resident of Manly, who’s leasing the former Pronto Market gas station building off Highway 9 for a redemption center.

“I’m tired of seeing them lying all over the place,” he said. “It’s terrible.”

Germundson will open the Worth County Redemption Center, 204 E. South St., at 10 a.m. Friday.

The redemption center isn’t affiliated with any others in North Iowa but is something he decided to open on his own.

Germundson decided to open a redemption center in Manly because of its proximity to Mason City and the condition of the Pronto Market building.

“Someone’s got to have something going here,” Germundson said. “We’re having it pretty rough here lately because other options are gone.”

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the North Iowa Redemption Center in Mason City is the only registered facility in Cerro Gordo County; however, the property on North Monroe Avenue has been listed for sale.

A phone call to the North Iowa Redemption Center went to voicemail.

The DNR states its list may have redemption centers that have closed or opened without notifying the state.

There are centers in Floyd, Kossuth and Mitchell counties.

Germundson said he wants to provide a service to area residents and businesses and promote a cleaner environment.

Cleanliness is an important aspect of the business along with making sure people get their 5-cent refunds for every container they bring in.

Germundson encourages residents, businesses and organizations to only drop off containers that are “reasonably clean,” otherwise he’ll reject them.

“I’m not going to put up with that,” he said.

In addition to counting and redeeming cans for residents, Germundson is offering free pickup for small businesses in the area.

“If there are some small businesses having problems getting rid of their containers, I’ll set them up with a box and go there whenever they need me to pick them up,” he said.

Germundson is anticipating a rush of business when he opens because of the dozens of phone calls he’s received within the past week.

“Please be patient with me,” he said.

The Worth County Redemption Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information or questions, call 641-430-3956.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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