The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) and the Anne Arundel County Recycling Division announced a partnership to provide three new public collection sites for the recycling of used oyster shells, making Anne Arundel County the newest member of ORP's Shell Recycling Alliance, the region's largest group of restaurants, caterers, whole sellers, citizens and other entities, recycling their used oyster shell to aid in Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration. Each recycled shell can provide homes for 10 new oysters.
"Oyster shell is an extremely limited natural resource that we must recycle as new oysters prefer to attach and grow onto other oyster shells," said Stephan Abel, Executive Director of the Oyster Recovery Partnership. "We are grateful to Anne Arundel County for recognizing the critical need for oyster shell as part of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration efforts by providing additional public drop-off sites that will ultimately help us achieve restoration goals."
Anne Arundel County Collection Sites (Hours 8a.m. - 4p.m., except holidays) are 100 Dover Road, Glen Burnie; 389 Burns Crossing Road, Severn; 5400 Nutwell Sudley Road, Deale.