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Workers begin the separation of paper and plastic, bottles and cans early in the cycle on a conveyor belt at Tennis Sanitation in St. Paul Park on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. There is a proposal to charge 10 cents per can and bottle purchased. Recycling companies are opposed to this legislation. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

Environmental groups split on proposal for Minnesota recycling deposit boost

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By Bob Shaw

Environmentalists are usually unified, marching shoulder-to-shoulder to help Planet Earth.

But not on this issue

A proposal to charge a 10-cent deposit for bottles and cans in Minnesota has sparked an unusual split among the greens.

Proponents say twice as many bottles and cans would be recycled, and the program would create more than 1,000 jobs and cut back litter statewide.

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