Saving the Corks

ReCORK America has started a recycling program to reclaim a small portion of the estimated 13 billion natural cork wine stoppers sold in the world each year. The six-month trial will involve 25 Northern California Whole Foods Market stores. Each store will have a collection box situated in the wine department. Customers will be encouraged to add wine corks to their list of recyclable packaging.

Roger Archey, program manager for ReCORK, is pleased with the partnership. “Whole Foods Market is a benchmark for environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices,” says Archey. “We are pleased to be able to provide Whole Foods Market customers with a convenient recycling option that extends the useful life of corks for years to come.”

Unlike plastic or metal screwcap closures, recycled cork can be turned into flooring tile, building insulation, shoe soles, fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, and even soil conditioner. Natural cork is biodegradable, sustainable and a valuable source for carbon retention.

Adesina Stewart, green mission specialist for Whole Foods Market’s Northern California Region, likes the idea of providing customers with more recycling options. “What’s not to like about recycling corks?” says Stewart. “With billions of corks ending up in landfill each year, you can see how a seemingly insignificant packaging product like a wine cork can have a positive impact on our environment if we reuse it.”

For a listing of the Northern California Whole Foods Market stores participating in this recycling program, visit

ReCORK America is a recycling program sponsored by Amorim, the world’s largest producer of natural cork wine closures, and their U.S. affiliates, Portocork America and Amorim Cork America. For information about Amorim’s sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship, visit their Web site at

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Genoveva M.
Genoveva M M3 years ago

Will save them from now on. Thanks

Antony Mcgowan
Antony Mcgowan3 years ago

never buy wine

Austine M.
Austine M.3 years ago

My county has a "reuse exchange" center. Items that are reusable are donated and then sold for nominal amounts and lots of freebies too. They have bags and bags of corks at probably less than a dollar per bag. The money helps fund recycling education programs. Teachers and scout troops, crafters,clubs and organizations reuse and recycle all kinds of things for their crafts. They have displays of projects that have been done...really a great resource. I'm sure these centers exist in other communities!!!

Kay M.
Kay M3 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter3 years ago


Cindy Rhodes
Cindy Rhodes4 years ago

thank you

Nimue Pendragon

Cool. I keep all my corks, I love them :)

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago


Fran F.
Fran away F4 years ago

I save bottle corks because they are beautiful. When there are enough of them, I plan to use them in a collage, along with the cool wooden bottle tops from Cholula Hot Sauce.