Oyster Shell Recycling? It’s A Thing, And It’s Expanding In Pittsburgh

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
May 23, 2019 - 2:25 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Looking to go green? Try recycling... oysters.

Oyster Recovery Partnership is expanding its oyster shell recycling program in Pittsburgh to help replenish the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

“Working with Sustainable Pittsburgh and the local restaurants here, we collect the shell,” Executive Director Stephan Abel told Lynne Hayes-Freeland on KDKA Radio. “It first has to age. Then we wash it, and then we attach baby oysters to all the shells we collect.”

“One shell will enable us to put ten oysters back in the bay.”

So far, Abel says six restaurants are participating in the program with hopes for more.

Particiapting restaurants are Eleven, Merchant Oyster Co., Muddy Waters Oyster bar, Off The Hook, St. Clair Country Club, and Spirits & Tales in the Oaklander Hotel.

The program originally started in Pittsburgh in November.

 

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Jennifer Bloodworth contributed to this article. 

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