DeLille Cellars: Go Green & Recycle Your Corks

by Shona Milne on April 22, 2011

Since it is Earth Day I thought I would talk about something that you can do for the environment right here in Woodinville. If you are like me and have a large collection of corks you may be interested to know that you can recycle your corks at DeLille Cellars Carriage House Tasting Room. This is part of DeLille Cellars move toward sustainability. Most of the corks DeLille recycles come from their tasting room but not a lot of people know that they can bring their corks to the Carriage House to drop off. I know I have make a trip there with my collection of corks.

The ReCork recycling program has businesses collect corks for reuse in Asia for packaging and products. The ReCork mission is We promote sustainability. This recycling program is part of a “Green” initiative to reduce energy usage and conserve our precious resources. Through the simple act of cork recycling we can redirect some of the billions of natural corks that end up in the garbage each year, to new and exciting applications. This program is linked to a global initiative to save and protect the over 6 million acres of cork forests that dot the Mediterranean Basin, which are so vital to the local economies, support an ecosystem found only in the montado, and are key to the battle against global warming.”

ReCORK’s Sustainability Goals
  • Reduce energy usage.
  • Reduce petroleum usage.
  • Cork is a natural CO2 sink. The more cork bark grown and used, the more CO2 taken from the atmosphere.
  • Help protect and educate about a critical environment, the cork montado.
  • Help plant trees in the montado.
  • Encourage sustainable agroforestry practices.

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Lisa 04.22.11 at 3:10 pm

Cork recycling is also offered at the Gard Vintners tasting rooms in Woodinville (warehouse district) and Ellensburg in partnership with ReCork.

Shona Milne 04.22.11 at 4:31 pm

Lisa:

I didn’t realize that Gard also offers cork recycling. Good to know there is more than one winery doing this. Hope we see a few more sign on to the program.

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