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 Watershed Sustainability Resource Centre
The Watershed Sustainability Resource Centre is a joint initiative of the City of Sydney and Marrickville Councils, as part of an ongoing commitment to supporting sustainable
environments. Originally funded by the NSW Stormwater Trust with a focus on stormwater pollution and water conservation, The Watershed has expanded its focus to embrace innovative and practical
solutions for sustainability.
All corks will be donated to the zoo which will sell them to a processing plant for the manufacture of new cork products.
The money raised from the sale of recycled corks will go directly to the Taronga Foundation, which has been established by the Zoological Parks Board to fund the expansion and redevelopment of
the Taronga and Western Plain Zoos and to further their ability to contribute to national and global conservation programs.
All you need to do is drop off your used corks at The Watershed Sustainability Resource Centre.
218 King St, Newton Adelaide
03 9319 7206
03 9319 7453
Still can't find a place near you that accepts donations of corks?
Check out www.recyclingnearyou.com
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