Annapolis, MD – Delegate Deb Rey’s bill to incentivize oyster shell recycling in the Chesapeake Bay passed the General Assembly unanimously Friday, April 6. 

The bill—House Bill 572, Income Tax, Oyster Shell Recycling Credit, Maximum Allowable Amount and Sunset Extension—doubles the tax credit businesses and individuals will receive when oyster shells are recycled to organizations performing oyster restoration activities in the Chesapeake Bay, such as the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

This environmentally friendly tax incentive was supported and furthered by a partnership (business, government, environmentalists) including the Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, watermen, restaurant owners and oyster lovers across St. Mary’s and the state. It will return money to businesses and consumers when used oyster shells are returned and restored in the bay. 

An official bill signing ceremony by Governor Hogan is expected to occur soon.