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Are wine corks recyclable?

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Are wine corks recyclable?



I consulted my good friends Chardon-nee and Caber-nee to answer this Ask Renee. And guess what? Wine corks are recyclable!

You can take corks to the wine department of a Whole Foods Market for recycling. Or, if you have a lot, Yemm & Hart in Missouri is now purchasing wine corks for recycling. They pay 50 cents per pound and the minimum they will accept for payment is 15 pounds (about 1,500) corks – so one box is enough for a new bottle! If you are associated with a wine-serving restaurant (of if you are a member of my book club), you’d be crazy not to collect them.

I personally prefer twist-off or box wines myself. Box wines are especially green because they eliminate the cork and glass bottle, and they use less fuel to transport because they are lighter.

Piece out,


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Renee has spent the past several years surrounding herself with like-minded people who share her passion for caring for the planet. She began writing “Ask Renee” after four years of offering green tips through her e-newsletter Green Piece Indy. E-mail her your green living queries at rsweany@sbcglobal.net.

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