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Oyster shells collected from businesses and residents end up on restored oyster reefs.

Businesses and individuals are now eligible to receive a tax credit in Maryland for recycling shell. Learn more below.

 To become a member of the Shell Recycling Alliance and begin receiving your tax credit, click here.

Restaurants: Restaurants are eligible to receive a $1 Maryland tax credit beginning July 2013 for every bushel of oyster and clam shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory. Up to $750 annually may be credited. To become a member of the Shell Recycling Alliance, begin receiving your tax credit or learn more about the program and how to get the shell collected from your restaurant, visit www.shellrecycling.org

Individuals/Caters: Individuals and Caters are eligible to receive a $1 Maryland tax credit beginning July 2013 for every bushel of oyster and clam shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory. Up to $750 annually may be credited. To become a member of the Shell Recycling Alliance, begin receiving your tax credit or learn more about the program where you can recycle your shell, visit www.shellrecycling.org

Volunteers: If you are interested in collecting and recycling shell for the Shell Recycling Alliance, you are eligible a $.14 per mile tax deduction for the mileage you drove in support of the charity / recycling effort. Please contact the Shell Recycling Alliance to learn about volunteer efforts. Consult with your tax advisor for your tax deductibility for your volunteer contribution. Visit www.shellrecycling.org

Seafood Distributors: Seafood distributors who recycle shell from restaurants are NOT eligible to receive the tax credit if the restaurant is receiving it. However if the distributor is collecting shell from non-Maryland based restaurant or the Maryland restaurant is not taking the credit, then the distributor is eligible to receive a $1 tax credit beginning July 2013 for every bushel of oyster and clam shell that is recycled and returned to the State’s inventory (up to $750 annually may be credited). Please consult your tax advisor for any additional deductions that may be permissible. For more information about the shell recycling program, visit www.shellrecycling.org