Save Oyster Shells in Maryland

Oyster shells are literally the foundation of our reef restoration efforts! The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) needs your help—and your oyster shells—to restore native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

You can help by:

  1. Contacting us if you are planning an oyster roast or seafood festival.
  2. Sponsoring a shell recycling bin at your location.
  3. Disposing of your shells at a local shell recycling location.
  4. Eating at a participating restaurant.

Maryland Shell Recycling

Oyster Roasts & Seafood Festivals | Drop-off Locations | Restaurants

Oyster Roasts & Seafood Festivals

CBF collects shells from oyster roasts and seafood festivals. Contact Dan Johannes ahead of time at djohannes@cbf.org or 443-482-2174 and we can provide free pickup, as well as bins and signage to minimize shells mixing with other refuse.

Drop-off Locations

There are several public shell recycling drop-off locations across Maryland. If you are interested in hosting a shell-recycling bin, contact Dan Johannes at djohannes@cbf.org or 443-482-2174.

Annapolis

Anglers Hunting Fishing
Near Sandy Point State Park
1456 Whitehall Road
Annapolis, MD
(SOS bin out front under the Anglers sign)

Annapolis Seafood Market
1300 Forest Drive
Annapolis, MD
(SOS bin located behind store)

Annapolis Yacht Club
Sailing Center
6th St. and Severn, behind the Eastport Shell station
Annapolis, MD

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 
Philip Merrill Center
6 Herndon Avenue
Annapolis, MD
(SOS Cage at Entrance to CBF)

Eastport Yacht Club
317 First Street
Annapolis, MD

Shell recycling bins in the Annapolis area are sponsored by Annapolis Subaru.

Baltimore

Parking lot of the Downtown Sailing Center and Baltimore Museum of Industry, to the right of the entrance.
1415-1425 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD

Chesapeake Beach

Breezy Point Marina
5230 Breezy Point Road
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

Easton

Easton Point Marina
975 Port Street
Easton, MD

Edgewater

Oak Grove Marina
Next to Yellowfin Restaurant
2820 Solomon's Island Rd, Suite A
Edgewater, MD 21037
(SOS Cage Upper Parking Lot)

Frederick

Common Market Co-Op
927 W. 7th Street
Frederick, MD
(Ask at the seafood counter where to drop off your shells)

May's Restaurant
5640 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD  21704

Glen Burnie

Arturo's Restaurant
1660 Crain Hwy South
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Severna Park

Starbucks
503 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
(SOS Cage Rear Parking Lot)

Shady Side

Discovery Village
4800 Atwell Rd
Shady Side, MD 20764
(Look for the Save Our Shell Cage
(SOS)
outer parking lot) 

Upper Marlboro

Clagett Farm and CSA
11904 Old Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(Located at the entrance)

Participating Restaurants

The following restaurants also participate in the Save Oyster Shells program:

Annapolis

Annapolis Yacht Club Clubhouse

Frederick

Firestone
Liberty Road Seafood & Steak
May's Restaurant
Red Horse Steak House
Shuckin' Shack

Galesville

Pirates Cove Restaurant

Gambrills

Blue Dolphin

Glen Burnie

Arturo's Restaurant

Havre de Grace

Water Street Seafood

Parkville

McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern

Severna Park

Brian Boru Restaurant & Pub

To learn more about CBF's oyster recycling partners in Maryland please visit the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

To learn more about how you can become involved in the oyster shell recycling program please contact Dan Johannes at djohannes@cbf.org or 443-482-2174.

More Ways to Help

  • Become a volunteer and help collect shells from participating restaurants and oyster roasts.
  • Become a Maryland oyster gardener.

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