Wicomico’s high recycling isn’t from plastic, glass, paper or metal. The numbers are due to chicken litter and a reporting mistake. This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Latest figures showed Wicomico County as Maryland’s recycling leader, but Delmarva Now found that was based on a mistake and a surprising material. Jenna Miller, Salisbury Daily Times That’s according to the Maryland Department of the Environment, whose latest figures showed the rural county had a recycling rate of more than 57% in 2017. It has Wicomico beating previous leaders, more urban Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, which warranted public celebration from some local officials. Or maybe not, since Wicomico’s recycling isn’t from repurposing more plastic, glass, paper or metal. In fact, those all declined from the previous year, according to the MDE. The positive spike is actually thanks to something the Eastern Shore has in abundance: chicken litter. “It is one of the few things that we here on the ‘Shore’ have in our favor,” Jennifer Albero, Wicomico’s recycling c...