Oyster Shell Recycling Program
Why Recycle Shells?
- Oyster reefs are needed in our sounds.
- Shells are used to build or restore oyster reefs.
- Baby oysters attach to reefs and grow more oysters.
New and Restored Oyster Reefs:
- Provide important habitat for fish, crabs, shrimp, and other seafood.
- Reduce sound side erosion.
- Clean our estuaries as more oysters filter the water.
Oyster Shell Drop-Off Sites
Shell recycling drop-off sites are located at the Coastal Federation’s three regional offices and in the following counties: Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Dare, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, and Pender. Explore the map below, or call us at (252)-393-8185 to find a shell recycling site near you.
At/Near Coastal Federation Offices:
Craven & Pamlico County:
New Hanover County/Wilmington:
- Seawater Lane (next to the UNCW Aquaculture Lab), Wrightsville Beach
- Bridge Barrier Road, Carolina Beach State Park
- New Hanover County Landfill
- Atlantic Seafood Retail Market in Hampstead
- Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro (maintenance area)
- Morris Landing in Holly Ridge
- Onslow County Landfill
- Onslow County Solid Waste
Please contact a regional shell recycling coordinator for more information:
Southeast Region – Georgia Busch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Region – April Hall, email@example.com
Northeast Region – Victoria Blakey, firstname.lastname@example.org