Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program in Richmond supports the protection of the Chesapeake Bay by recycling oyster shells and reducing the waste directed to landfills. Their mission is to offer increased opportunities for businesses and citizens of the Commonwealth to recycle oyster shells to be reused as the preferred material for oyster restoration. With funds awarded from Keep Virginia Beautiful they plan to purchase five-gallon plastic containers with re-sealable lids labeled with the tagline “Don’t Chuck That Shuck.” By implementing and expanding their oyster recycling program, they will improve water quality, provide habitat for marine life and protect the shoreline from erosion.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty Grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues: Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.