Recycle your wine corks at Whole Foods stores

To keep their carbon footprint low, the corks will be picked up by trucks who are already en route to each destination, dropped off at Cork ReHarvest distribution centers, then handed off to FedEx trucks passing by who will drop them off to the recycling partners that are along their delivery routes.


So what's going to happen to all of these corks? "West of the Rockies, corks will be delivered to Western Pulp, where they will be turned into recyclable wine shippers containing 10% cork. In the Midwest, corks will be sent to Yemm & Hart, which produces cork floor tiles. And on the East Coast and in the UK, corks will be transported to Jelinek Cork Group, one of the oldest cork manufacturers in North America, where old corks will be made into post-consumer products," says Whole Foods.


Corks can be dropped off at any of the Whole Foods' 292 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

All you wine lovers out there can now feel better about those corks you throw away (or are keeping stashed in some drawer): Whole Foods Markets will now have cork recycling bins in their stores so they can be turned into useful post-consumer products by Cork ReHarvest.

Recycling corks not only helps out the plantations with demand, but also keeps the Mediterranean forests — from where they're sourced — from being over-harvested.

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