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Recycle Oyster Shells

Oyster shells are becoming increasingly scarce. Through oyster shell recycling programs, shells that would typically be thrown away are saved and used in a variety of oyster restoration projects.

Following are lists of locations in Maryland and Virginia where you can drop off your oyster shells, as well as restaurants that participate in oyster shell recycling. These are not comprehensive, please check back as we add more.

Anglers Hunting Fishing
Near Sandy Point State Park
1456 Whitehall Road
Annapolis, MD
(SOS bin out front under the Anglers sign)

Annapolis Yacht Club
Sailing Center
6th St. and Severn, behind the Eastport Shell station
Annapolis, MD

Breezy Point Marina
5230 Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS) outer parking lot)

Eastport Yacht Club
317 First Street
Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Beach

May's Restaurant
5640 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD  21704
Severna Park, MD

Oak Grove Marina
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2820 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater, MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)
Frederick, MD

573 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)
Shady Side, MD

Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
As of now shells are being collected in orange bushel baskets by the dumpster. A small bin will be built soon in the same location. Gates are open to drive up to the bin from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. otherwise use walking path.

Captain Chuck-a-mucks Sandbar & Grill
21088 Marina Road
Carrollton, VA
Bin located to left of the building.

City of Norfolk Waste Management Facility
1176 Pineridge Road
Norfolk, VA
Please go to Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Norfolk residents.

Devils Backbone Brewery
200 Mosbys Run
Roseland, VA
Bin located all the way to the right, behind the building.

Friends of the Rappahannock
June Parker Marina
531 N Church Lane
Tappahannock, VA

Great Bridge High School
301 Hanbury Road West
Chesapeake, VA
Bin is located in front of the school, off bypass road next to the chain link fence—near bus parking.
Do not drop off shells around 3:40 p.m. when school lets out! (Or you'll have a tough time getting in/out)

James City County Recycling Center
185 Industrial Boulevard
Toano, VA

James City County Recycling Center
105 Tewning Road (off Ironbound Road)
Williamsburg, VA

Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center
3500 A Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
From Granby Street, take the Zoo entrance and then the first left all the way to the end to the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center. The shell bin is to the right of the building against the fence.

Kilmarnock Recycling Center
248 White Pine Drive, Weems
Lancaster, VA
Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Larchmont Library
6525 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA
Bin located under the Birdsong Wetlands kiosk. Please call 757-441-1347 when shells are dropped off.

Mariners Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA
Bin located in the first parking lot to the right.

Old Donation School
4633 Honeygrove Road
Virginia Beach, VA
The shell bin is located in the rear of the school behind a black fence.

Sam Rust Seafood
620 Regional Drive
Hampton, VA
Bin is located in the parking lot to the far right.

Smithfield Station
409 S. Church Street
Smithfield, VA
Bin is located in front of the restaurant.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science
1219 Franklin Road
Gloucester Point, VA
Shells can be left in orange bushel baskets by shell washer.

William & Mary Campus
Tennis Court, off Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA
Bin is located near the Alexander Galt House and Munford Hall.

Annapolis Yacht Club Clubhouse

Liberty Road Seafood & Steak
May's Restaurant
Shuckin' Shack

Pirates Cove Restaurant

Severna Park
Brian Boru Restaurant & Pub

Captain Chuck-A-Muck's
The Virginia Company

Devil's Backbone Brewing Company

Black Pelican
The Butcher's Son
Joe's Crab Shack
Kelly's Tavern
Off the Hook
Pirate's Cove Restaurant
Red Bones
Surf Rider - Greenbriar
Surf Rider - Western Branch


The Confident Rabbit

York River Oyster Company

Baker's Wife
Crabtown Raw Bar and Grill
The Deadrise
Fuller's Raw Bar
Paradise Ocean Club at Fort Monroe
Pour Girls Bar & Grill
Surf Rider Bluewater

Mobjack Tavern

Newport News
Crab Shack
Fin Seafood
Hoss's Deli & Oyster Bar
Schooners Grill
Whole Foods (12080 Jefferson Avenue)

A.W. Shucks
Big Easy Oyster Bar and Grill
Coach House
Mack's Barge
Smalls Smokehouse and Oyster Bar
Supper Southern Morsels
Todd Jurich's Bistro

Surf Rider Poquoson

Live Crawfish & Seafood Restaurant (Broad Street)
Live Crawfish & Seafood Restaurant (Midlothian Turnpike)

Captain Chuck-a-muck's
Smithfield Station Waterfront Dining Restaurant

Riverstone Chophouse

Surry Seafood Company

Something Different
Half Shell Grill

Virginia Beach
The Butchers Son
Chick's Oyster Bar
Coastal Grill
Cypress Point Surf Rider
Fish Bones Restaurant
HK on the Bay
Hot Tuna
Tin Cup (Delta Mariott)
Zoe's Steak & Seafood

Aberdeen Barn
Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill
Bonefish Grill
Captain George's
Christiana Campbell's Tavern
The Corner Pocket
James Landing Grill
Le Yaca
Peking Chinese Restaurant
Tuscany Ristorante
Waypoint Grill

Holy Mackerel
Water Street Grill
Yorktown Pub

Shells at the sites below are collected by the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

last updated January 2022