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Many Maine communities have pared back or dropped recycling programs in an effort to guard workers from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Some big supermarkets have also curtailed in-store redemption efforts. To accommodate these moves, Gov. Janet Mills has ordered that the state ease enforcement of some recycling rules.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Teams of volunteers are cleaning up more than 50 illegal garbage dumping sites in Maine as a way to thank landowners who allow access to private lands for recreational activities.