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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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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.

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