Recork America Program gives liquor stores new way to recycle

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 7 at 6:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - There is a new way to recycle at a liquor store.

After popping the cork, don't plop it in the trash, recycle it!

All your used corks can head back to where many came from - Napa Valley, Calif. - to be recycled. 

It took Bill Boland, President of Evergreen Liquors in Louisville, over a year to collect a large bag of corks.

Boland brought the Recork America Program to Louisville in the Fall of 2009, and now his first big bag of corks is ready to be shipped and recycled.

"It took a long time to sort of re-train people, instead of throwing the cork in the garbage to put it in a little bag and return it to us,” Boland said.

Boland says cork is a renewable resource made primarily from the six million acres of cork trees in the Mediterranean. Of the 13 billion corks made for the wine industry each year, Boland says his collection of more than 13,000 will take a trip to California, then to Asia, to be ground up, glued back together, then made into shoes.

Anyone who would like to participate can drop off used corks in the recycling bin just inside the door at the Evergreen Liquor Store location. Those corks will join the Recork America program for a trip around the world.
 

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