Oyster Recycling

You can now bring used oyster shells to a recycling station at the Oyster Restoration Partnership site at the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Why recycle oyster shells?

Natural oyster shell is the best material on which to raise new oysters and restore oyster reefs. Scientist know that now, but for generations, used oyster shells were used to build roads, driveways and housing construction. More recently the shell has ended up in landfills. Today, is an extremely limited natural resource and a valuable one for improving waterways. Given the critical shortage of shell for use in restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population, the Oyster Recovery Partnership developed the Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA) to save this extremely limited natural resource.

Please bring shells to this location at Horn Point: Turn right at the rams and go a bit more than 1/2 mile to road on left. Bins are located approximately where red dot is located on the map below.

ORP oyster site for recycling