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Oyster Shells

Oyster shells are banned from disposal in North Carolina landfills. Recycled oyster shells are valuable resources in the state, used by coastal organizations and the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries to build new oyster reefs.

Many coastal communities offer oyster shell recycling drop-off locations. Visit the North Carolina Coastal Federation website or contact your local solid waste program to find out if recycling collection points are offered in your area.

If a recycling program is not feasible, the Division of Waste Management Solid Waste Section suggests a variety of other landfill alternatives, including crushing for use in roadbeds and/or landscaping as long as the material is dried before use. For more information and assistance, contact:

Jason Watkins - Division of Waste Management
(336) 776-9674 or jason.watkins@ncdenr.gov

Anne Deaton - Division of Marine Fisheries 
(252) 726-7021 or Anne.Deaton@ncdenr.gov