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New Orleans Recycling | Marck Recycling

people on the move in the Burbon street at night in the French qIf you’ve read some of our previous blog entries, you already know about the widespread advantages recycling creates. From simple things like upcycled household crafts to large-company-wide initiatives, recycling helps the planet, reduces our environmental footprint, AND recycling can save money.

Usually when we talk about recycling, we talk about the basics; paper, plastic, aluminum, and other common materials. But our neighbors in New Orleans have been doing some interesting and innovating things with the way they recycle.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program has teamed up with 12 New Orleans restaurants to recycle discarded oyster shells. Under the plan, the recycled shells will help build a half-mile oyster reef south of the city this fall.

Bins are provided to the restaurants to discard the shells, and are picked up at no cost 5 times a week. The program is funded by a $1 million donation from Shell Oil Co.

So far, over 800 tons of shells have been sent to the facility in Buras, Louisiana, where the reef will be engineered. The project is meant to provide a solid place for young oysters to attach and help protect the marsh and shoreline behind it.

We love seeing innovative ways to recycle like this, because they prove that the possibilities of reuse and sustainability are virtually limitless when you think outside the box. Kudos to New Orleans for leading the way.

August 3, 2015 | Environment, Success Stories