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Snooth User: napagirl68

FYI- Whole Foods Market accepts corks for recycling

Posted by napagirl68, Aug 17, 2012.

Everyone else prolly knows this already, but I just found out! 

I use to save corks, I have no idea why.  Being a person who hates clutter, I started throwing them out... until I found out they can be recycled :-)



Reply by GregT, Aug 17, 2012.

They're bark. They're as recyclable as paper and cardboard and yard clippings. 

WF started that a while ago and I always considered it weird - solving a problem that didn't exist.  I throw them in the compost. They take a long time to compost tho - I have mulch in the rosebeds and some of it clearly old corks. But eventually they break down. In any case, I'm not carrying them to WF! 

Even better, Starbucks used to give you their coffee grounds.  That's great for compost.  Then a couple of them started charging!  For used coffee grounds.


Reply by napagirl68, Aug 17, 2012.


I have arrived at Starbucks at OPENING to get their free grounds.  My local one still does it, but it is now hard to get it, since more are "in the know" about the giveaway.

As far as corks, yes, good compost for sure.  Shoot, maybe even a decorative take on the topsoil....but only  IF you have a compost pile or garden.  Some folks live in condos, apts, etc.  Many folks I know throw them in the trash, including proprietors of wine establishments.  I threw the option out there for those who are trashing them, muchacho. 


Reply by GregT, Aug 18, 2012.

Gracias muchacha!

But if you live in an apartment, particularly if you're not on the ground floor, don't you just throw them off the balcony?  Hell, you pee off the balcony don't you? So why not throw the corks off too?

Reply by napagirl68, Aug 18, 2012.

Oh, my. 

For those apartment, flat, or condo dwellers on this site-  Please DON"T pee or throw corks off your balcony if you have one!!!  You might hit GregT in the head, for heaven's sake!!!

Otherwise, use or recycle.  Or stick them where the sun don't shine.  Whatever floats your boat.  It's all good.



Reply by EMark, Aug 18, 2012.

Cuvaison winery has a relationship with a company (in Kansas, I think) that recycles corks.  They make things like bulletin boards and shoe soles.  I think, not sure, that Cuvaison will accept corks at their winery.  At their web site they tell you to just mail corks to the partner company.  I have yet to do so. 

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 22, 2012.

Okay, seriously, do not pee off your balcony.

And also, do not stick a cork where the sun doesn't shine.  You should never put something up there that lacks a handle or could go all the way in.  Hospital emergency rooms are busy enough and you will be embarrassed to explain how it got there.  Saying that someone on Snooth told you it was a good idea will only bring opprobrium to the site and will result in a quizzical look on the part of the doctor, or a trip to rehab.  "You may be an alcoholic if... drinking has affected your health adversely."  Trip to hospital for cork removal = adverse effect on health.  There are things designed for these purposes.  NOT corks.  Also, highly unsanitary, as the expert on TCA should know. 

My kids took my used corks and made me two trivets.  Somehow  a cork from $2 Chuck got in there label up.  I dare not show that to my friends.  (Wasn't my bottle--came home as part of a craft assignment and got in the mix somehow.  I swear.)

If you live in the Bay Area, even in an apartment, your probably have a little green bucket for organic matter.  Throw the cork in there.

Back in the days of Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London," if you went to a restaurant, you didn't get to keep the cork: 

"Below the manager came the maître d'hôtel. He did not serve at table, unless to a lord or someone of that kind, but directed the other waiters and helped with the catering. His tips, and his bonus from the champagne companies (it was two francs for each cork he returned to them), came to two hundred francs a day."  

This was also true for other wines, I have read, at least in better joints.  In a lesser restaurant, the wine wasn't in bottle in the first place--a trend that is returning.

Reply by shsim, Aug 22, 2012.

I just found this out too! I doubt i will bring it to them though. Its fun to make things out of them! :D 

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 22, 2012.

If you want to know what to do with the used foil capsules, here's one idea.

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