Oyster shells are becoming increasingly scarce. Through CBF's Save Oyster Shell program, shells that would typically be thrown away are saved and used in a variety of oyster restoration projects.
Maryland Public Drop-off Locations
CBF has four shell drop-off locations in Maryland.
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS) outer parking lot)
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)
South River Water Federation
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2830 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)
573 Ritchie Hwy
21146 Severna Park
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)
Maryland Participating Restaurants
The following restaurants also participate in CBF's S.O.S program:
Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis, Annapolis
May's Restaurant, Frederick
Stoney's Kingfishers, Solomon's Island
To learn more about CBF's oyster recycling partners in Maryland please visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
Virginia Public Drop-off Locations
CBF has three shell drop-off locations in Virginia. This program is a partnership between CBF and Keep Norfolk Beautiful.
Waste Management Facility
(enter to right of building by
Electronics/Hazardous Household Waste Recycling)
1176 Pineridge Road (off Azalea Garden Road)
Open for residents M-Sat. 10 a.m.—2 p.m.
6525 Hampton Blvd.
(under the Birdsong Wetlands kiosk)
103 Industry Drive
Behind York Bolt off Hampton Hwy-138
Near Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
Service road across Route 60 from Parkway Drive
GPS: 37.280507, -76.692713
Virginia Participating Restaurants
The following restaurants also participate in CBF's Save Oyster Shell program:
Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar, Hampton
Le Yaca, Williamsburg
Red Lobster, Newport News
River's Inn, Gloucester Point
Rosemary & Wine, Gloucester
Tanner's Creek Restaurant, Norfolk
Yorktown Pub, Yorktown
More Ways You Can Help
To participate or for more program information
In Maryland: contact Meghan Hoffman at email@example.com or 410/268-8816.
In Virginia: contact Jackie Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804/642-6639.
Volunteers are needed to collect shells from Virginia restaurants and drop them off at CBF oyster shell "curing" sites in Colonial Williamsburg and at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science boat basin.
CBF also collects shells from oyster roasts and seafood festivals. We can provide bins and signage to minimize shells mixing with other refuse.