New Restaurant Oyster Recycling Program, Plus Other Green News

For most Lowcountry residents, cool weather means oyster season. Raw, rockafeller, fried or shooters–it doesn’t matter your preference, but the Lowcountry certainly goes through a lot of oysters (6.7 million sold to SC restaurants each year!). You would think that we’d recycle our leftover shells locally to refurbish SC oyster beds, but until now, it has been too costly to do this.

Thanks to a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a partnership with Fisher Recycling, area restaurants are now recycling their shells locally!! Participating restaurants like Charleston Grill and Pearlz must pay a $20  to supplement the pick-up cost, but Fisher Recycling has off-set the cost by offering free cardboard, cooking oil and cork recycling. This seems like a small fee in the scheme of things, because one-third of SC beds have closed in the last two decades. The program hopes to collect 4,000 bussells of shells to add a half-acre to the new public oyster reef. Click here to read the full story from Post & Courier.

In other green news, the City of Charleston hired their first Sustainability Director, and Charleston parks are now getting recycling bins! Great news!

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