VOSRP and Rivanna Authorities team up for shell recycling in Charlottesville
April 16, 2021
(Photo: Casey Johnson, from left, and Julia Josephs, graduate interns with the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Project, stack bushels of recycled oyster shells, collected from area restaurants and homes, at the Ivy Material Utilization Center in Albemarle County recently. The shells are now headed for the Piankatank River. Courtesy Erin Edgerton, The Daily Progress.)
The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) and it's partnership with the Rivanna Authorities are the subject of a recent Daily Progress article.
In addition to the bushels of shells mentioned in the article, VOSRP puts back more than 2,000 per year to the Piankatank River as part of a comprehensive restoration strategy. And of those bags in the article? That will result in the return of 1.7 million new oysters through their "spat on shell" (attaching baby oysters to the shells). When those oysters become adults they will filter 86 MILLION gallons of water a day and almost 32 BILLION per year. By comparison, our friends with the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority are producing 10 million gallons of treated drinking water and 10 million gallons of waste water. Those oysters are providing an ecosystem service comparable to our treatment plants...and its all because you help us recycle those oyster shells.