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Don Rush

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nonprofit group dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay says a shell recycling program is growing.

The Oyster Recovery Partnership said Tuesday the program has grown by 28 restaurant members over the past six months.

The new restaurant members are in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Natural oyster shell is important to a healthy oyster population. That's because it is the preferred material for oyster larvae to attach and grow.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are hoping that thousands of dollars in grants will spur recycling efforts across Delaware.

Officials say more than $714,000 is being awarded this year in recycling assistance grants to schools, businesses and municipalities for projects that develop or expand waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join environmental secretary David Small at Brittingham Elementary School in Milton on Tuesday to announce awards to 13 schools, nine businesses and the communities of Milford and Rehoboth Beach.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore Gas and Electric says residential customers can get $25 in exchange for turning in old air conditioners and dehumidifiers at an event in Maryland.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of a state advisory panel are eyeing draft legislation that would impose a fee on single-use grocery bags in Delaware.

The status of draft fee legislation was to be discussed at Wednesday's meeting of the state Recycling Public Advisory Council.

Delaware already encourages the recycling of plastic grocery bags by requiring stores to provide bins where customers can return bags.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia program that recycles plastic pesticide containers collected nearly 40 percent more pounds of the cast-offs in 2014 than the year before.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said the program rinsed and granulated 128,226 pounds of empty containers. They were collected from 32 sites throughout the state.

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PBF is seeking a key permit for a $100 million hydrogen plants for ultra-low sulfur fuel production at its Delaware City refinery.

The company would like to begin production by November of next year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that news of the application surfaced after environmental groups pressed state officials about a cooling tower system at the plant.

The groups say the recycling tower is important in reducing the refinery’s 300 million gallon per day withdrawals from the Delaware River.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Just in time for the holidays, plastic and glass drink bottles in Delaware are about to get a little bit cheaper.

A temporary four-cent tax on many bottles expired as scheduled on Monday. The tax was part of a universal recycling law passed by lawmakers in 2010 and funded programs meant to get more people to recycle.

Gov. Jack Markell joined lawmakers and environmental officials Monday to tout the success of the recycling law. Under the "single-stream" law, various recyclables are placed in a single container and taken to recycling centers.

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Michael Davidson has made a successful environmental appeal in Caroline County that could pave the way for a sand-and-gravel pit on land formerly used for recycling.

This comes after his construction and demolition recycling business has been shutout of Delaware where he has been repeatedly sanctioned and was labeled a chronic violator of environmental laws by a state board in late September.

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Most of us hardly even notice those who pick up our trash as we go about our daily lives. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that there is much to value in them and their service to our community.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials say four tons of trash were collected during the annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers took part in last month's cleanup at 50 sites along more than 80 miles of waterways and coastline.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said Thursday that half of the debris collected was aluminum cans and glass and plastic bottles, which were recycled.

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