- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

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.

Officials say Delaware had a 42 percent recycling diversion rate in 2013. That’s almost double what it was in 2006 and well above the EPA national standard of 34.5 percent.


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