USA recycling of Wine and
Champagne cork stoppers since January 1, 2004
YES ! Yemm & Hart is recycling
and we would love to help you recycle yours.
All that you have to do is send your wine and Champagne cork stoppers
prepaid (paid by sender) to Yemm & Hart via UPS or USPS: to
the following address:
Wine Cork Recycling
Yemm & Hart Ltd
425 North Chamber Dr
Fredericktown MO 63645
If you were to send your corks to the
corporate address at the top of the page, your corks will still get
recycled, it will just take longer for them to be refined.
Please don't send plastic wine stoppers
and other non-cork materials if you can help it. Most, if not all,
synthetic stoppers are made from Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE #4) with
a foaming agent and so they could be recycled locally but check this out
beforehand. If you send these stoppers to Yemm & Hart, they will still
New Sample Fulfillment Procedure - With the success of
providing a dependable home for cork recycling, some changes are now
needed in the collaboration between Yemm & Hart and the environmentally
minded wine drinking public. Previously, we offered a set of samples of
the Wine Cork Tile product to every interested contributor. Each year
the contributor list would exceed 1000 new participants and the sample
fulfillment effort required batch processing, first to send out post
cards to verify interest and correct address and then to send out the
samples. Batch processing meant a delay often exceeding a year from the
time a contributor sent their corks to the time they received their
sample. We are now making samples available upon request. Please note -
sample requests must be through
and NOT in your package of corks. Due to the necessary more streamlined
cork refining operation, letters, notes and cards in envelopes and
packages will be lost. As of December
31, 2010, Yemm & Hart will cease to record the contact information of
the contributor and the weight of their contributed corks. The complete
list of contributors from 1/1/2004 through 12/31/2010 will remain on
this website for the foreseeable future. Its an impressive list and we
thank everyone that has participated so far. Remember, if you want a
sample and have not received one, just let us know via
Samples are now available upon request.
Yemm & Hart is
still 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 eco-system. This is a collaborative effort
of Yemm & Hart and the environmental minded, wine drinking public. At the end of
have been received. Some of these corks have gone into industrial size experimentation,
as the development of a sustainable product continues. This new product
& Hart has determined that the most sustaining type of product is a
flat sheet or tile. We have produced 36" square tiles that resemble the image at the left in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" thicknesses.
Larger and smaller sizes are planned, including a wider choice of
thicknesses. They will be sanded on one
side, die-cut or square cut to be ready to be adhered to a floor like a
hardwood floor. These cork sheets can also be adhered to walls or other substrates,
As the development of this product proceeds, high quality material
becomes available for samples. The cork sheet is cut to size, labeled
and boxed. Yemm & Hart intends that everyone who has contributed corks
to this product development, will receive a box of Wine Cork Tile
samples, if they want it. Every
1/1/2004 to 12/31/2010 has been recorded, based upon the return address provided
sometimes these are illegible or non-existent. Each contributor in the
above range of dates
has or will be contacted via post card to verify their address and interest
in receiving samples. Samples have been and will be sent to those that responded. If you
did not get your samples, please contact
Yemm & Hart. Sample kits
for Wine Cork
Tiles are automatically sent out to material product inquiries from
the A & D community.
typical wine cork weighs approximately 0.12 ozs and champagne corks
weigh approximately 0.32 ozs. We see many more wine corks and will use
that in our estimates. One ton (2000 Lbs) takes about 266,667 corks. All corks received are unpacked
and sorted into pure cork and non-cork material. The
non-cork material is donated to an area teacher's recycling center,
so kids get a chance to be creative with it. This is considered a
refinement process that adds value to the contributed corks. As in most
recycling, post-consumer wine cork stoppers require significant
refinement to be acceptable to subsequent processes.
Aid - For the convenience of cork collectors -
click here to download, print and distribute a brochure or flyer as needed -
of the Wine Cork Tiles are sufficient enough, Yemm & Hart
anticipates being able to pay for corks to offset the cost of sending
them in. Please note that this is a future goal and is not
possible at this time. If you have questions, please contact us through
this web site by clicking
or by any of the above contact methods.
- Yemm & Hart Wine Cork Recycling is now in what may be the
final development stage in creating a self-sustaining material that
sources post-consumer wine cork stoppers and extends their life as tiles
primarily for use in for flooring, walls, veneer and other products. Quality
product manufacture has proven possible in some test applications. Full
size Wine Cork Tiles have been produced, sent out and
installed as flooring,
walls, veneer. As with any high
quality product that contains post-consumer feed stock, there are unique
processing challenges that must be overcome. For the Wine Cork Tiles,
some of the challenges that have been overcome are: the determination of
a repeatable ratio of whole corks to granulated cork. Another is the
cork granule size; if it is too fine, the binder will not mix; too
course and the visibility of the whole corks is lost. Keeping process
equipment perfectly clean is the current obstacle to be overcome.
Procurement - As a collaborative effort, Wine Cork Recycling has
been a gratifying success. There are more new contributors each day and
many repeat contributors. Many, if not most, simply want to recycle
everything they can and this program offers the opportunity to recycle
corks. Each contributor has been willing to pay the shipping cost to
send their corks to the Yemm & Hart refinement center. This
collaboration has helped with the cost of development for the Wine Cork
Tile product. There has been enough material to conduct process
experiments, that often require hundreds of pounds or thousands of corks
at a time. Indications are, that there will to be enough contributed
cork material for a beginning inventory balance. Yet, a commercially
viable and sustainable product cannot rely on contributions alone. Yemm
& Hart therefore, has a goal, in which wine corks can be
purchased from a greater segment of the wine drinking public to increase
the stock of corks, the raw material. Here is a link to the pending
Wine Cork Purchasing plan.
Urgent - Did you know that the Cork
Montados, the cork oak savannahs, are
the continuation of an ancient practice and multi-dimensional use of
land around the Mediterranean Sea? The Cork Montados actually protect
the biodiversity and certain wildlife that is endangered or on the brink
of extinction and are a hedge against desertification caused by global
warming as the Sahara Desert creeps into Europe. Together, we can make
cork recycling part of the cause to preserve the Cork Montados. It is
important that people not only recycle their corks but make sure that
they are not synthetic to begin with. Real cork is an organically sustainable
synthetic and screw caps are not. You can help the
Cork Montados by
the choice you make when buying your wine.
Links to Participating Wine Cork
The Wine & Cork Connection
When people drink wine,
They are celebrating life,
They are celebrating their life or
The life of family and friends,
They are celebrating the life
Of the vine and the grape,
The skilled hands of the vintner.
When the wine is all gone
There often remains at the table,
A small reminder of life.
Itís the wine cork stopper.
The centuries old solution
To preserve the special taste
Of wine stored in stone.
Why? that little cork is bark.
Bark from a tree, a mighty tree.
A tree that lives
In just a few places,
On our planet Earth.
A tree that is endangered.
If the use of wine corks declines,
The magnificent cork oak
Is threatened with being cut down,
To make more living space for the
Coastal loving people.
Once a cork tree is gone,
It is rarely replanted
Because it takes generations to grow
From seedling to cork bark.
When people save their corks,
They are saving some of this life.
They are saying that they want it to continue.
It surely must have a longer useful life,
People want to believe,
When the wine corks are transformed
Into something all may use and see,
Awareness is renewed
About the mighty cork oak tree.
And drinking that wine
With a real cork stopper
Becomes a cause
For even more celebration.
Drinking wine is a celebration of life.
Some of the Many Comments we have
"The cork tree (alcornoque in Spanish) is such a magical tree that if
you have ever slept in a forest dominated by this species you'll never
again throw away the cork after you finish a bottle of wine! The amount
of species (birds, mammals, reptiles...) that the cork tree supports is
enormous and they all add to the mystical experience of sleeping in one
of these forests. . . . Many thanks. Cheers, Montserrat" 3/15/2008
"I want these
corks to be put to good use. They are a natural resource that should
not just be dumped into a land fill. - Kudos to you and your firm for
being innovative with a common "throw-away" - Becky 3/7/07
"We are happy to find a use for the corks that represent years
enjoying wine" - Kevin and Linda, Terre Haute IN
"Just a note of interest - My father worked for a major city
restaurant for 30 years collecting wine corks. He wanted to make a model
of a giraffe or a small boat but never got around to it. We ended up
donating the truckload to the Du Page Children's Museum. We are
delighted to see you are working with this valuable resource and would
like to spread the word. Many Thanks" - Naperville, Illinois
"My daughter's school, a green school, made
the floor out of cork in an area to be used for reading on the floor." - Mettawa, Illinois
"I have a sister-in-law who wires the wine
corks together and creates hotpads. They work great". - Lake Sherwood,
Midwest Living - October 2009 by Matt McGuire
Co-Op America Quarterly - March 2008
St Louis Post Dispatch - January 22, 2005
World Wildlife Fund Report - October 3, 2006 -
Real Simple - November 2006 -
Conscious Business - November 22, 2006 -
Indianapolis Dine - January 2007 -
APCOR - October 2006 -
Kansas City Star - Date deep in the cork files
Dallas Morning News - Date deep in the cork files
Chicago Tribune - Date deep in the cork files
Recommended Reading about Cork -
packages containing wine cork contributions.
The scale used in measuring contributed cork and non-cork
w/0.001 Lbs accuracy.
Sorted pure wine corks with all contamination removed.
Approximately 600 Lbs of pure wine corks ready for
May 14, 2007 1st Test Block - Wine Corks surrounded by
May 16, 2007 2nd Test Block - Wine Corks surrounded by
May 17, 2007 3rd Test Block - Wine Corks surrounded by
May 17, 2007 4th Test Block - Wine Corks surrounded by
granulated cork and black rubber.
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