Now accepting applications for our Fall 2022 Future Coastal Leaders Program for college and university students!

Oyster Shell Recycling Program

CRCL established its Oyster Shell Recycling Program in 2014 to keep shell out of landfills and slow coastal land loss. In partnership with restaurants and our legion of volunteers, we collect, cure and bag oyster shell before using it to build oyster reefs. Since starting the program in 2014, we have recycled more than 10 million pounds of shell.

CRCL’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program collects shell from New Orleans-area restaurants and uses that shell to restore oyster reefs that help protect Louisiana’s eroding coast line. Launched in June 2014, this is the first program of its kind in Louisiana, and it has collected thousands of tons of oyster shell.