Recycle your corks with Yemm & Hart
Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 10:01AM
off the vine

Wine and Champagne corks are now being recycled in the USA
Send your wine and champagne cork stoppers prepaid (paid by sender) to: Yemm & Hart via UPS or USPS:

Wine Cork Recycling
Yemm & Hart Ltd
425 North Chamber Dr
Fredericktown MO  63645

Yemm & Hart is collecting wine cork stoppers with the goal of converting them into a useful self sustaining product—to extend the useful life of this natural resource for decades and to raise awareness of the cork oak tree and its ecosystem. At the end of 2007, approximately 3,000 pounds have been received. Some of these corks have gone into experimentation and sample production. When the Wine Cork Tile samples are all labeled and boxed, every contributor of wine corks that we have a valid address for will receive the promised samples. Additionally, Wine Cork Tile samples will be included with the normal Yemm & Hart Green Materials sample kits.

Yemm & Hart has determined that the most sustaining type of product is a tile. We will produce tiles that resemble the image (at right) in 36” squares of 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2” thicknesses. They will be sanded on one side and ready to be adhered to a floor, wall or other substrate. When sales have been made of the tiles, then the wine cork contribution portion of this experiment will evolve into wine cork redemption. This is where Yemm & Hart will set a price and pay for wine corks sent to them based upon  established rules. Initial contributors of cork stoppers will receive preferential pricing on Wine Cork Tiles. 

(Information in this post comes from the Yemm & Hart website) 

Article originally appeared on off the vine magazine (
See website for complete article licensing information.