Greener Every Week – Recycle your corks & batteries

“Greener Every Week” is my ongoing series in which I do one (cheap, easy) thing every week to make my home or lifestyle more healthy & eco-friendly.

Did you know that wine corks are recyclable? It makes sense but I never really thought much about it until I saw a bin at my local Whole Foods. We go through a <cough> fair amount of wine in this household and of course I recycle the glass, but now I also collect the corks and recycle them too!  I just keep a vase on the bar next to the corkscrew and throw the corks in there as we finish with them. Once the vase is full I just throw them in a bag and drop them off – doesn’t get much easier than that! Whole Foods has drop off bins or you can find one local to you at ReCork.org.  Recycled cork can be used to make all sorts of things, including shoe components, bulletin boards, flooring tiles, building insulation, under playground equipment, and more.

While you’re at it, you should also definitely recycle your batteries.  This one is even more important because while cork at least does biodegrade in a landfill, batteries are all kinds of toxic and can pollute the water supply, cause acid burns, and generally make a big ol’ mess. Use rechargeable batteries when possible, but even if you use single-use batteries, just keep a big ziploc bag and throw them in there instead of the trash. Once it’s full, take it to Whole Foods or check out Call2Recycle.org to find a drop off center near you.

 

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