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Restaurants Are Recycling Oyster Shells To Restore The Coast

By Brian Spaen

It might sound unappetizing at first, but oysters are a commonly enjoyed shellfish that’s eaten while they’re alive. It’s a healthy option unless they’re dead, since rapid deterioration creates tons of bacteria. Once these critters are slurped up cooked or raw, they leave a shell that’s trashed and adds to our landfills. A couple of groups in the Southeastern United States have found a way to recycle these oyster shells into something very useful. 

The Alabama Coastal Foundation and Republic Services started up last October working with a couple seafood restaurants and picked up their shell waste three days a week. The ACF is a non-profit organization that oversees the state's coastal region while the latter is a local waste management company. 

What started as just two establishments turned into 29 restaurants according to the ACF’s website. They’ve opened up collection to all restaurants along the coast back in April. Some famous restaurants in the area include multiple locations of Flora-Bama and Wintzell’s Oyster House.