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Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by John Kennedy

Environmental groups, the recycling industry and a handful of Florida lawmakers said Wednesday they’ve drawn preliminary approval from House and Senate leaders to study the idea of requiring deposits on bottles and other glass products to promote recycling.

The goal of the effort, similar to programs in place in at least 10 states, would be to reduce the amount of glass winding up as trash on roadways, beaches and landfills, said Sen. Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, among those touting the proposal.

“I represent 23 cities on the beach,” Jones said. “We want to keep our beaches protected.”

A University of Florida study recently found that 30 million beverage containers are trashed in state landfills. But a new poll by McLaughlin & Associates shows that more than 60 percent of Floridians support creating a recycling refund program.

Jay Liles, lobbyist for Florida Wildlife Federation, hailed prospects for a legislative study of the issue this year. But he added, “We’ll be back with a bill next year.”

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