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Sam Nielson says ...
Nice idea, but it seems that the only really useful thing about this is reducing the landfill a modicum. It seems that 'recycling' them into new products only opens up the market for cork in new areas, thus increasing demand. Additionally, wine bottling people won't use recycled cork, so that demand is not reduced either. If we wanted to reduce the demand, we should stop finding uses for it. And it wouldn't hurt to stop making wine either. No need for corks if there isn't a bottle to cork. It is good to look at what we are doing and try to be more circumspect in our footprint, but to really count, we simply don't want to move. I'll worry about cork, when you can stop wine drinkers, that waste of human ability, that waste of glass (even if it is recycled later), that waste of agricultural land/effort to produce it rather that useful food, etc. Whole segments of the food market could be dropped if we were more responsibly 'green'. What about the sugars, other alcohols, and their associated packaging?
06/03/2010 10:47:02 AM CDT
Lindalee says ...
I was hoping to get some money for my large natural cork collection. Is this possible? We get money for recycling can tops, glass bottles and cans... why not cork?? Thanks
07/20/2010 10:41:58 PM CDT
Ann says ...
I tried calling the store here in Hawaii but they didn't know about the cork donation box. I have a couple hundred corks that I'd love to drop off.
07/22/2010 7:45:36 PM CDT
Lori B says ...
This is fantastic and never knew of such a program! We have saved bags of corks over the course of years, couldn't bear to throw out. Now we can make good use of them. Thanks Whole Foods!
08/22/2010 4:01:49 PM CDT
TheGreenCat says ...
The Columbus Circle Whole Foods here in NYC still does not have any idea what I'm talking about when I ask them where their drop box is. So not ALL stores participate in this program. It would be great if they did!
08/23/2010 11:09:34 AM CDT
Jane Irvin says ...
YEAH what a brilliant idea!
09/24/2010 10:24:39 PM CDT
Joyce says ...
Why aren't corks reused as . . . corks? just asking.
09/29/2010 6:51:32 PM CDT
Sengdara says ...
Thank you for this article, I never knew Whole Foods Market have a drop box recycle for wine corks.
12/01/2010 6:48:09 PM CST
Sengdara says ...
Great article, thanks for the info. #houserunner
12/01/2010 6:55:05 PM CST
Emily says ...
Are there cork recycling boxes at any of the Cambridge, MA, Whole Foods stores? If so, which one/s? Thank you.
12/27/2010 5:39:15 PM CST
bepkom says ...
All of our stores have cork recycling programs. If you don't see a container on the sales floor of the wine department you should ask a Team Member for assistance. Thanks!
12/28/2010 10:53:23 AM CST
The Green Cat says ...
@Michael Bepko: Please be clear. Perhaps all of your stores that have WINE DEPARTMENTS have cork collections but not ALL of your stores have it. The Columbus Circle store in Manhattan (which does not have a wine department) does not collect corks and have not heard of the program. If this has changed, you should let them know!
12/28/2010 6:39:43 PM CST
bepkom says ...
Yes, The Green Cat, thank you for the correction! Our stores that do not sell wine may or may not be collecting wine corks but the stores that do have wine departments will collect them.
12/29/2010 4:15:07 PM CST
Paul says ...
I just picked up the "cork facts" flyer at the Plantation store. It seems confusing. The 4th bullit point wants wine drinkers not to use screw caps and plastic stoppers because cork is a vital source of income for families. Then why recycle the natural cork stoppers? Thanks, Paul
01/02/2011 1:31:42 PM CST
bepkom says ...
Paul: Thanks for your question! Wine corks are typically repurposed into flooring or wall panels and not recycled for use in other wine bottles.
01/03/2011 2:29:52 PM CST
Charles says ...
Our Asst Winemaker insists that the caps we use for Wine By Joe ARE recyclable. Is he accurate?
01/21/2011 2:19:41 PM CST
Jeanne says ...
Why don't the Hawaii stores have the cork recycling program? Your website states at ALL stores in the US, Canada and UK accept it so what's the problem? Hawaii is part of the USA! Lame on you Whole Foods!
02/06/2011 6:15:19 PM CST
Patricia Page says ...
Some corks are obviously plastic; others are obviously natural cork. But some appear to be a blend. When in doubt, keep it out (of the Whole Foods recycling)? It's important to know because I'm setting up multi-family "Beyond Curbside" recycling for several locations in my town. Thanks for expanding the world of recycling.
02/07/2011 7:53:37 PM CST
paig292 says ...
@Patricia Page Here's what Cork Reharvest had to say: "Great question! There are a number of factors in what makes a cork a "natural cork". First lets start with the plastic closures, right now it's tough for some customers to know what is cork and what is plastic. The plastic closure companies have begun printing their closures to look like natural cork and that confuses the heck out of most people. I don't know if we'll ever be able to keep them out of the mix altogether, but for the most part we're seeing only about 1% in the corks we get from WFM stores. Now for natural cork, there are three type of natural cork: Solid, all cork, all the time Agglomerated/Colmated, ground natural cork bits mixed with trace amounts of FDA approved adhesive. Think Champagne corks One and One/Twin Tops, these are corks that are algomerated, but have solid cork on each end I hope this helped, please let me know if there is anything else you need."
02/08/2011 11:40:10 AM CST
faith says ...
I couldn't find the box in my local whole foods... have you stopped collecting?
02/12/2011 9:49:13 AM CST
Pamela Salmen says ...
I live in Redondo Beach, CA and have never seen a cork recycling bin at any of the Whole Foods I have visited. Where the heck are they??? I'd love to be a contributor! Pamela Salmen
02/28/2011 2:34:13 PM CST
bepkom says ...
@Pamela: There are usually kept in the wine department but if you still can't find it you can ask at the Customer Service desk.
02/28/2011 2:55:39 PM CST
Melanie says ...
I made a special trip of taking all my corks to the whole foods at Columbus Circle in New York City and was told that that location DID NOT recycle corks and that I had to bring them to the store on 97th St. After having spent $4.50 for the subway ride, and the inconvenience of shlepping an infant there, needless to say I was disappointed. If you could make it more clear on your website which locations do recycle it would be infinitely better. Along the same lines, a friend of mine had a similar problem trying to recycle her batteries.
04/06/2011 8:42:17 AM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Melanie: Because the services and product selection can vary between stores, we often suggest calling your local store ahead of time to ensure they have what you're looking for. Regardless, we're sorry for the inconvenience of all that traveling and we'll ask the store to post that information on their website.
04/06/2011 1:42:14 PM CDT
Parions Web says ...
Je me fais toujours un plaisir de vous lire et je pense que ce billet est interressant. Merci encore !
05/07/2011 4:12:44 PM CDT

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