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Recycle Wine Corks after Chugging that Bottle… Where Can I Wednesday

Recycle Wine Corks after Chugging that Bottle… Where Can I Wednesday

recycle wine corksAfter a long and exhausting day, I like to unwind with a good glass of wine… so much that I’m enjoying one in my hand as I type this post! (OK, maybe alternating typing & drinking…)

But once you (or I) polish off a few bottles of sweet, sweet heaven, where can you recycle wine corks?

Cork is a renewable resource too precious to send to the landfill. Cork ReHarvest paired up with Whole Foods for a convenient recycling program. You can drop off a batch of wine corks on your next grocery trip at the Whole Foods Callowhill, South Street OR any other locations. Cork ReHarvest then uses the recycled wine corks into post-consumer products like watches, floor tiles & wine shippers.

ReCork also collects used wine corks (only natural – not plastic or metal) for SOLE product lines &  packaging. You can drop off your ol’ corks to Keating’s River Grill (201 South Columbus Blvd), Kensington Community Partners (1301 N 2nd St) & the Philadelphia Zoo (3400 Girard Ave).

Synthetic & plastic corks aren’t accepted into these cork recycling programs. Try to choose brands that DO use natural cork to avoid wasting the fake varieties. If you accidentally pick up a synthetic variety, Yemm & Hart DO recycle the synthetic wine corks by mail (although they prefer not to).

If you’re crafty, you can make anything from decorations, a cork board or wedding charts/decorations when you recycle used wine corks DIY style. Unfortunately I’ll stick to the simple drinking & recycling (or donating to friends who are DIY-ing.)

Readers, where do you recycle wine corks? Or do you have any easy DIY projects worth trying?


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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher
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