Save Oyster Shells in Virginia


Collecting oyster shells for CBFs Save Oyster Shell program.

CBF Staff

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.

Virginia Shell Recycling

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

Oyster Roasts & Seafood Festivals

CBF collects shells from oyster roasts and seafood festivals. Contact Ryan Westpfahl ahead of time at [email protected] or 757-644-4119 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 Virginia. If you are interested in hosting a shell-recycling bin, contact CBF's oyster restoration office at 757-644-4125.

All bins on the Eastern Shore are sponsored by the Eastern Shore Community Services Board (ESCSB). If you have any questions regarding the program or these shell bins, please call ESCSB Developmental Services at 757-442-3933.


ESCSB Administrative Office
24233 Lankford Highway

Cape Charles

Fabric Outlet
27376 Charles M Lankford Jr. Memorial Highway


Captain Chuck-a-muck's
21088 Marina Road
Bin is located behind the restaurant.


Great Bridge High School
301 Hanbury Road West
Bin is located in front of the school, across from the bus parking lot.


ESCSB Developmental Services
3462 Main Street

Glen Allen

Henrico County Parks and Recreation
2175 Mountain Road
Pull past the first set of gates, bin is on the right.


Sam Rust Seafood
620 Regional Drive
Bin is located in the back right corner of the parking lot.


Clover Hill High School
13301 Kelly Green Lane
Follow Kelly Green Trail to the end of Sean Miles Run, then the shell bin will be just off of the sidewalk on your left.

Newport News

Mariners Museum
100 Museum Drive
Bin located in the first parking lot off Museum Drive to the right.


Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center
3500 A Granby St.
From Granby Street, take the Zoo entrance and then the first left all the way to the end to the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center. The shell bin is to the right of the building against the fence.

Larchmont Library
6525 Hampton Blvd.
Bin located between the parking lot and the library.


ESCSB's Behavioral Healthcare Center
24278 Bennet Street

Dunne Substance Abuse and Counseling Center
18469 Dunne Avenue


Smithfield Station
409 S. Church Street
Bin is located in front of the restaurant at the bottom of the handicap ramp.


Bennetts Creek Park
3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road
Follow drive all the way to the boat ramp. The bin is on the right.


Surry Seafood Company
633 Marina Drive
Bin is located to the left of the building, just off the parking lot.


James City County Recycling Center
185 Industrial Boulevard
Pull into facility. Bin is along the back fence. (Open Mon, Fri-Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Virginia Beach

CBF Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
The Anne Shumadine Shell Recycling Station is located on the left before the dumpsters. Please dump shells into bushel baskets. Gates are open to drive up to the Station from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. At other times use walking path.

Ocean Lakes High School
885 Schumann Drive
Bin is located to in the far front right corner of the parking lot.

Tallwood High School
1668 Kempsville Road
Bin is located in the far back right corner of the parking lots, behind the school, off of the practice driving lot..


Island House
17 Atlantic Avenue


College of William & Mary Campus
Tennis Court Road
At Martin Family Stadium, turn right onto a gravel road and go all the way to the end.

James City County Recycling Center
117 Tewning Road
Pull into facility. Bin is to the right of the pavilion (Open: Tues.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Participating Restaurants

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


Black Pelican


Baker's Wife
Fuller's Raw Bar
Pour Girls Bar & Grill


Mobjack Tavern

Newport News

Hoss's Deli & Oyster Bar


in partnership with Keep Norfolk Beautiful and Norfolk Waste Management

Big Easy Oyster Bar and Grill
Coach House
Mack's Barge
Todd Jurich's Bistro


Live Crawfish and Seafood Restaurant


Captain Chuck-a-muck's
Smithfield Station Waterfront Dining Restaurant


Surry Seafood Company

Virginia Beach

Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club
Chick's Oyster Bar
Coastal Grill
Fish Bones Restaurant
HK on the Bay
Surf Rider North (Cypress Point)
The Butchers Son
Tin Cup (Delta Marriott)
Zoe's Steak & Seafood


Aberdeen Barn
Berret's Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill
Captain George's Seafood Restaurant
Craft 31
James Landing Grill
Waypoint Grill

More Ways to Help

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

To participate or for more program information, contact Ryan Westpfahl at [email protected] or 757-644-4119.

Partners and Funders

Shell collection in Norfolk is supported by Keep Norfolk Beautiful and Norfolk Waste Management. There are many other entities in Virginia that collect oyster shell and make restoration possible, including the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) at Virginia Commonwealth University's Rice Rivers Center and Lynnhaven River NOW. Learn more about their efforts and support them as they make use of this precious resource.

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