Angela Andersen & Joe Mangino
Oyster Recycling Program
Long Beach Township and Mayor Mancini had plans to grow oysters before Superstorm Sandy devastated our region. After a dedicated 5 years of rebuilding, the Township is now able to add other important initiatives like beautifying our parks and public access, and cleaning up the Barnegat Bay.
LBT is the leading municipality in oyster shell recycling, providing staff and vehicles to control the busy logistics of pick-ups from the restaurants. Long Beach Township has plans to build a science center in Holgate, a home base for education and get-togethers, as well as a launching point to visit the man-made oyster reefs.
Long Beach Township is a Sustainable Jersey certified community — one of only 171 in the state. Long Beach Township achieved Sustainable Jersey certification at the bronze level. Certified towns are an outstanding group of municipalities that are making important contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world.
LBT has won and earned many awards in the sustainable community. In 2018, LBT was among six New Jersey municipalities recognized as a “Champion of the Coast” by the American Littoral Society. The organization has lauded these communities for their efforts to support regional ocean planning, oppose new offshore oil and gas drilling, and ban intentional balloon releases that pollute beaches and waters.
Shellabration is a festival to celebrate our oysters and to raise money for this great project! Our Barnegat Bay is not only important to our island ecosystem but to our economy. For more information on the Oyster Recycling program, check out this link.
2018 was our inaugural festival and it was a great success. We are planning 2019’s celebration and will post more information soon!
What is PlasticFreeLBT?
#PlasticFreeLBT is an initiative that focuses on habit changing lifestyle choices:
Reduce plastic consumption, reuse when you can and recycle what is right but if it misses the recycling or trash can be a good steward and pick it up.
In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastics we encourage our community to take pride in our island and keep our beaches and waterways free from plastic pollution.