Launched in June 2014, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program is the first of its kind in Louisiana and is the largest oyster shell recycling program in the country. Since its inception, CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program has collected thousands of tons of oyster shell—100% of the shell will be returned to Louisiana waters. Most of the shell will be used to construct oyster reefs, which will become living shorelines. This will help improve water quality, provide ideal fishing habitat, support the local economy and help slow land loss.
Louisiana produces approximately one-third of the nation’s oysters, but a lot of the that oyster shell ends up in landfills. The goal of CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program is to ensure that doesn’t happen. Currently, the discarded shell is picked up five days a week from participating restaurants. It is then taken to Buras, LA, to cure in the sun for six months before being returned to our waters.
The Program has reached a cross-road. The initial pilot phase of the program is coming to an end. The program has proven to be tremendously successful. To make the program sustainable, restaurants will now be asked to pay a portion of the pick-up cost to help defray the cost of shell collection. But that won’t cover the entire of the cost of the program.
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