It's Scallop Season, Watch Those Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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It's Scallop Season, Watch Those Shells | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Don’t put your scallop shells in the Bay or down your garbage disposal. If you have problems with your garbage disposal, call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

We’re smack in the middle of bay scallop season in Citrus and Hernando counties so a lot of us are spending time on the weekends searching out the delectable treats, That’s all well and good. The problem is when it comes to getting rid of the shells.

First, if you’ve noticed the signs – you know not to take the shells back where they came from and dump them there.

“When finished cleaning scallops, do not discard shells in the river, the canals, the springs, or at boat ramps or marinas. Shells will fill these areas killing or preventing eelgrass from growing, which cause negative impacts on the swimmers, boaters, wildlife, and the surrounding community,” according to “Eventually, someone will have to remove them, at some expense.”

Likewise, don’t dump them down your garbage disposal. explains: “Clam and oyster shells are incredibly hard. Your disposal will have a tough time grinding them up, so it’s best not to bother. You may want to hold the shrimp tails and lobster shells, too, as these may be tough for some systems to get through.”

You can always dump them in the trash or use one of’s suggestions:  “One option is to discard scallop shells out in open Gulf Waters, but we recommend taking them home to be used in garden beds, natural mulch, for clean fill, or for crafts!”

Of course, sometimes mistakes happen and some well-meaning person sticks something in a garbage disposal that should not be there. The result can be a clogged drain or a blocked or broken disposal. Many times a homeowner can get the clog to clear or the garbage disposal to start again. But other times, it’s best to call the trusted plumbing specialists at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.

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