Brewster launches shell recycling program

Bring your empty shells to the Department of Natural Resources

The Town of Brewster has launched a shell recycling pilot program.  Residents of Brewster are encouraged to bring their empty clean clam and oyster shells to the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR will use the recycled shells in the town's oyster propagation beds.

Resident recyclers are asked to bring the clean shells (and only the shells) to the department at 1708 Main Street and leave them in the baskets outside of the building. 

All trash and other recyclables must still be brought to the Brewster Recycling Center. 

For questions about the pilot program, please call the Town Hall at 508-896-3701.

Other Massachusetts communities have shell recycling programs in place. Wellfleet has operated a program through their Shellfish Promotion and Tasting (SPAT), the sponsors of the annual OysterFest. The Massachusetts Oyster Project started the first shell recycling program in Massachusetts in 2010, according to their website.


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