Are you a business that would be interested in recycling corks with ReCORK?
Corks to be recycled are shipped to our locations in Montana and California. We grind the corks and then use them in SOLE and other Re-Use Partners' products and packaging. We offer pre-paid mailing labels to send us a minimum of 15lbs. of cork at a time (half of a collection box). Please send the corks in used cardboard boxes. For larger partners, if you can fill one of our 30,000 cork collection bins, we will take care of the shipping cost to our processing center. We are building a national collection network as we speak.
Businesses can also help by visiting 100% Cork and pledging to buy or sell only wine preserved with natural cork, and to encourage their family, friends, and local retailers to do the same.
Contact our partner relations department to find out more.
Are you an individual who would be interested in recycling corks with ReCORK?
The simplest way is to drop off your corks at a Public Collection Partner in your area.
Join the 100% cork movement by signing the petition to major wine manufacturers and retailers at 100% Cork.
If there is no partner in your area, send your corks directly to us. Please see directions below.
One of the best ways to enable sustainable business practices is to spend money on companies who promote sustainability and value it as a corporate ethic. Buying products made from recycled corks enables ReCORK to continue the useful life of your corks. SOLE's cork footwear products will be available beginning in the Spring of 2010, and the target is to use ReCORK recycled cork by the Spring of 2011.
These are restaurants, wine bars, and vineyards that send their used corks to ReCORK. Help them in their efforts to recycle by having a glass of wine!
Be sure to share your ideas and comments about this program with us. This is a grassroots effort open to new ideas and innovative thinking. Remember, you can make a difference, one cork at a time.
Please do not send them to us one at a time, as this creates a large carbon footprint. We request that you wait until you have at least 15lbs. (around 1650 corks, or one big cardboard box) of cork to be shipped, to be as sustainable as possible with current shipping options. Please fill a used cardboard box with the corks, and contact us for a call tag (pre-paid shipping label). ReCORK will pay for shipping boxes that are at least 15lbs. If you have multiple, smaller boxes to send us, please tape them together to form one big box and give us the overall weight. In addition to the actual shipping charge, we are charged for each additional box! So one big box costs a lot less than multiple smaller ones.
If you only have a small amount of cork, please drop it off at a collection Public Collection Partner, rather than shipping it to us. Encourage your friends to save their corks and you can combine them all to reach 15 lbs. much faster. Your other great option is to compost the corks. This sequesters CO2 and creates great soil.