Oyster Shell Recycling Program

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Here are some ways you can participate in the Oyster Shell Recycling Program!

Support our restaurant partners

This program would not be possible without the participation and support of our restaurant partners. Treat yourself to a nice meal at one (or all!) of these fine establishments today!

Tour the map below to learn more about and locate our restaurant partners in Delaware and Philadelphia!

If your Delaware or Philadelphia restaurant is interested in participating in our recycling program, email Leah Morgan at lmorgan@delawareestuary.org.



Oyster shell bags are the building blocks of restoration work, and we need your help to make them. In this activity suitable for teenagers and above, you’ll get your hands dirty, learn how we use recycled shells in the water, and have some fun!

Liability Waiver:

All participants must sign a liability waiver to participate. Anyone under 18 will need a parent/guardian signature.

Interested in hosting a shell bagging event for your group of 5 or more?

Contact Jecy Klinkam at jklinkam@delawareestuary.org to get your group involved! We have opportunities in Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA.

For Individuals:

Volunteer bagging opportunities for the general public are typically hosted by PDE in the fall and spring. Registration is required for participation.

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Next Public Volunteer Events:

Cook with Oysters

Recycle YOUR oyster shells

Preparing oysters at home is fun! Instead of tossing your used oyster shells in the trash, recycle them! We pick up the shells and use them for restoration projects such as living shorelines. Take your used shells from home to our specially marked drop-off bins located at:

Fishtown Seafood
339 Belgrade St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Buy oyster shells

Buy oyster shells

We occasionally have loose and bagged shells available for purchase. Availability of shell varies and delivery is not available.  All proceeds are used to sustain the Oyster Shell Recycling Program.

If  you are interested in purchasing shell, please complete and digitally submit a Recycled Oyster Shell Purchase Request.