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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.

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.


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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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has a new recycling facility near the Port of Wilmington.

Officials cut the ribbon Thursday on the 64,000-square-foot facility, a project that is part of a 20-year partnership with ReCommunity. Workers and equipment at the facility sort recyclables including aluminum, plastics, paper, cardboard, tin and glass. The new facility can process 35 tons of recycling in an hour and 160,000 tons annually.

Officials say the facility created about 35 jobs, and they hope to double that number over time.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials are changing their recommendations for plastic bag recycling.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control previously advised putting bags in recycling bins for curbside pickup, but now residents are being urged to return bags to stores where collection containers are provided.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware and the City of Newark are joining together to recycle furniture from students moving out of the school.

Students can start dropping off unwanted furnishings and home goods on Monday at the former Curtis Paper Mill site at 225 Paper Mill Road. Donations can include furniture, appliances, lamps, fans, clothing, televisions, bed frames and unopened toiletries.

The goods will be given free to local charities. Any items that remain after charities take their pick will be sold to the general public.

In Delaware If you live in an apartment or condominium complex you’ll now be getting recycling services along with the regular trash pickup through the state’s universal recycling program.

Waste Collectors are partnering with the complexes to provide the service as the state moves towards universal recycling.

In September of 2011 single-family homes began receiving the service as did most restaurants and bars.

By January of next year all commercial businesses will be participating in the comprehensive plan.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Recycling Public Advisory Council is considering what to do about single-use plastic shopping bags.

A law passed in 2009 requires grocery stores to have collection bins for customer to return clean bags for recycling and to make reusable bags available for purchase. The law also requires bag manufacturers to provide educational materials to encourage the reduction, reuse, and recycling of plastic bags.

But the law is set to expire in December 2014.