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Oyster shell recycling comes to Charlottesville

October 31, 2019

If you enjoy oysters and live in the Charlottesville, Virginia area, you now can help return oysters to the Chesapeake Bay just by the restaurant you choose to dine at or where you drop off your oyster shells. 

The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) has partnered with the McIntire Road Recycling Center to provide a location where shells from participating restaurants and the general public will be picked up by the VORSP, aged for a year at VCU Rice Rivers Center, then placed in a seeding tank filled with spat that will attach to the shells.  At that point, the shell, which can contain as many as 10 - 15 spat each, are returned to the Bay.

Some of the press coverage in the Charlottesville/Albermarle area include:

NBC 29
Oyster Shell Collection Program Comes to Charlottesville

Daily Progress
Recycling shells makes a world for oysters

Oyster shell recycling opens at McIntire Recycling Center 

CBS19 News
New oyster shell collection in Charlottesville

Augusta Free Press
Oyster Shell Collection now available at McIntire Recycling Center

Rivanna Authorities press release
Oyster Shell Recycling at McIntire Recycling Center

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