Recycle Wine Corks
It may seem like a tiny portion of the waste stream, but 340,000 tons of cork are harvested annually. 13 billion (yes, with a ‘B’) cork wine stoppers are made every year. So rather than throw these little stoppers into the landfill, here are a few helpful tid-bits.
Reduce. Some wine makers are going to screw top lids or plastic corks, which actually work better than their cork counterparts, but these items are not as readily recyclable.
Reuse. If you are feeling froggy, I found a few (very fun looking) DIY projects with corks. Click on the pictures to get to the respective websites.
Recycle. Several services offer cork recycling.
- The EcoSpheric Blog looks at Korks for Kids
- Yemm & Hart recycles corks
- ReCork America
- Cork ReHarvest for Willamette Valley Vineyards via Whole Foods. Learn more at stumptown savoury
Update: For information about the future of cork stoppers please read this post by Pays to Live Green.