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Shell recycling update – don’t chuck that shuck!

November 12, 2014

The Rice Rivers Center’s Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) has been very active recycling used shell, bringing more restaurants into the program, and generating a great deal of interest. We were invited to participate in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Oyster Trail Event at the Governor’s Mansion, kicking off an exciting initiative to encourage oyster-wine tourism in Virginia. Our “shuck buckets” were everywhere, and the Governor himself was notably enthusiastic about adding his used shells to the collection. At a follow-up event, he asked for the shuck buckets and was pleased to know we were participating.

Other events have included Shockoe on the Half Shell, Union Market’s “Eat Oysters! Drink Beer!” event, and Fire, Flour & Fork. Additionally, the Richmond Folk Festival featured a tent dedicated to the Virginia Oyster where World and Virginia champion oyster shuckers and sisters, Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon-Boyd, kept sibling rivalry alive in an oyster shucking competition. The VOSRP collected shell there and interacted with participants of the Folk Festival, many of whom were VCU alumni.

The most recent partners added include The Savory Grain, Pomegranate, Westwood Club and Deltaville Oyster Co.

For up-to-the-minute information on this program, "Like" the Rice Rivers Center Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@VCURiceRivers).

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