We want your natural corks!
Jelinek Cork has recognized a need to recycle natural cork stoppers
and has created a new recycling initiative - "We want your natural
Natural cork is the bark of the cork oak tree - a completely renewable,
sustainable and recycleable product. Once harvested from the tree,
it is made into various cork products including wine stoppers. These
wine stoppers are used in bottles of wine. But what happens to the
cork after the bottle has been finished? Currently, many stoppers
end up back in the landfill. With wine consumption on the rise (and
even when it wasn't), that's a lot of cork heading into the landfill.
Why not recycle your wine corks and keep them out of the landfills.
At Jelinek Cork we currently have two programs for accepting natural
- From the public and businesses that may collect many corks through
daily operations (bars, wineries, restaurants, etc.)
- From community groups or not-for-profit organizations
From the Public and Businesses:
We currently have collection bins in our Oakville, Ontario locations.
Bring your used natural wine corks to one of our collection
If you are not near a collection location, you can either mail
us the corks or set up a collection location in your area. Please
contact us if you are interested
in being a cork collection site.
From Community Groups and Not-for-Profit Organizations:
Community groups, schools or other not for profit organizations should
bring their sorted collected natural corks to our Jelinek
Cork - Oakville location. The corks need to be put in a brown
paper garden refuse bag, which can be bought at all major grocery
or hardware stores. More details...
Are all wine corks accepted?
Only natural cork bottle stoppers have the ability to be recycled,
therefore, synthetic stoppers cannot be placed in a collection bin.
A common misconception is that people recycle cork stoppers because
there is a “shortage” of cork. This is incorrect. In fact, there is
enough cork in the regulated Mediterranean cork forest to last for
another 100 years without needing to grow another tree! We are simply
diverting waste from landfill sites as there are so many other uses
for this wonderful natural product.
What does Jelinek Cork do with the used wine corks?
The recycled wine corks are ground up into granulated cork or cork
grain. This cork grain is then used to make many other cork products
including cork flooring, cork wall tiles and bulletin boards.