It takes 43 years for a cork tree to yield its first wine cork - but just seconds to turn it into a throw-away item. Before 1990, discarded corks were destined for landfill. Approximately 550 tonnes
of cork is imported into Australia annually, of which, still less than 5% is recycled.
Cork is natural, renewable, completely biodegradable and recyclable. By using recycled corks to
manufacture other products, you are saving resources and minimising carbon emissions. Cork can be re-used to manufacture a range of natural, recycled products.
GiveNow has compiled
the following register of places and organisations where you can donate your corks.
Green Collect delivers a range of innovative environmental services that promote recycling and waste minimisation. As a social enterprise, Green Collect offers new work and training
opportunities to people who have experienced barriers to employment.
Green Collect has designed a cork recycling-system, making it simple for corporate, cafes and restaurants in the CBD to recycle their corks. Interested organisations should submit
details by contacting Green Collect.
Level 7, Central House, 174 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9663 8843
The Green Living Centre
The Green Living Centre is a drop-off point for corks as part of a national effort to divert cork from landfill. The cork is recycled in Australia and is made into place mats, coasters, floor tiles, gaskets, dart boards and hockey balls. Before you drop off your corks please remove any plastic corks, wire and pieces of metal.
218 King St, Newton
02 9519 6366
Still can't find a place near you that accepts donations of corks?
Check out www.recyclingnearyou.com
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