modern middens 

Midden at Bay Natives Nursery in the Bayview, San Francisco. Shell is being cured on the roof of the container office

Midden at Bay Natives Nursery in the Bayview, San Francisco. Shell is being cured on the roof of the container office

Oyster shell is a valuable resource. Why throw it away? In San Francisco, oyster shell goes into the green bin and is composted. In all of the other 8 counties that surround the Bay, the shell is thrown into the trash! 

Shell is needed to serve as substrate for restoration projects. Oyster farmers use recycled shell for their driveways and paths. But most of their shell, at least for wholesalers of oysters, go with the oysters. That means restaurants and oyster bars and your backyard barbecue. We can do better. Let's put our shells back to work after enjoying their tasty bite of the ocean.

Shell can be used for roads and mortar, building paths for landscaping and chickens love them too! If you are interested in the oyster shell recycling program, if you are a restaurant looking to do the right thing with those empty shells, or if you have some land that you can provide a space to cure a big pile of shell, please contact us at linda@wildoysters.org

 

Leo's Oyster Bar

Leo's Oyster Bar