A while back I did a post on recycling wine corks. It's ended up being one of my most searched for pages. Apparently, a lot of people are interested in recycling them. Including me.
Today, I came across Terracycle's Cork Brigade. You can send them your used wine corks (they accept as few as 5) and they will be recycled into useful objects. There are very few places in the U.S. that recycle wine corks, so this is a welcome addition to the ones that do.
Something I found interesting on their website is that they suggest you send them the corks in upcycled packages. They suggest things such as a potato chip bag that has been washed and turned inside out. I suppose you tape it up, slap a label on it, and use it as your packaging material. HMMM.. I'll have to try this!
Terracycle also has programs to recycle juice pouches, yogurt cups and other materials that usually end up in the trash. Some of the items they will even pay for. I'm going to be contacting the superintendent of my school system about the juice pouch program. I'll report more on that in a later post.
You'll probably be opening a few bottles of wine this holiday weekend. Save the corks. Ask your friends and neighbors to save theirs, too. Save a potato chip bag from one of your BBQ's. Then do some good and send it all to Terracycle next week.
Image from Terracycle's website