Baltimore, You Can Now Recycle Your Oyster Shells

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Photo by Stephan Abel/via Oyster Recovery Project
Photo by Stephan Abel/via Oyster Recovery Project

Recycling isn’t just for newspapers and beer cans anymore.

Baltimore residents can now ensure their oyster shells have a second life by bringing them to the recycling center on Sisson Street (or a handful of other locations around the state).

After they’re collected, the good people at the Oyster Recovery Partnership attach approximately ten baby oysters to each shell. Then, the ORP takes the recycled shells out to the Chesapeake Bay, where they’re planted on the existing reefs–thus helping to restore the bay ‘s depleted oyster beds. Oysters, which are basically little filtration machines, play a key role in keeping the bay healthy–and god knows, we need all the help we can get with that.



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    • Sorry for the confusion – you can now recycle your oyster shells at the Sisson St. dump (2840 Sisson St); the list of oyster recycling locations in the link has apparently not yet been updated to reflect this new location.

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