You just finished a delicious glass of wine. You already know where to recycle the bottle. What about the cork? Did you know there's a place in Grand Junction, Colorado that recycles wine corks?

This company has operated in Western Colorado for some time. Less than a year ago they opened a storefront in Grand Junction. Rather than sending those corks to the landfill, you can now repurpose them.

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Recycling Your Wine Corks In Grand Junction, Colorado

If you're like me, you enjoy your wine. Some people enjoy collecting the corks. Personally, I've always felt guilty throwing them away. Then again, I'm a cheap son-of-a-gun, and as a result, most of the wine I buy comes in a box or features a screw-on cap.

For those who buy better wine, and that's pretty much everyone, you have a convenient location to recycle the cork, along with a number of other common items.

Storefront on North Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado

The website ReCORK shows 31 locations around Colorado where you can recycle cork. One such location would be New Way Refillery at 936 North Avenue, Unit 102.

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Does this location sound familiar? You probably drive past it every day. It's located in the same building as The Bike Shop, and Bravo Pizza, just a few doors down from Houston Hall at Colorado Mesa University.

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How Do You Recycle Them?

When you walk through the front door at New Way Refillary, look immediately to your left. You'll see a number of recycle bins by the front door. One is marked "cork." Drop your old corks off in the bin, and you're done.

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According to their webpage, New Way Refillary is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How Many Corks Have Been Recycled So Far?

According to ReCORK, to date, October 27, 2022, they've collected 128,772,485 wine corks.

What Happens to Recycled Cork?

According to Earth911, cork can be reused for:

  • craft supplies
  • flooring
  • bath mats
  • flip-flops
  • recycled home appliances

This place is cool. I'm looking forward to an opportunity to drop off my wine corks for recycling. Since I really don't drink much, regardless of what people say about me, it may take a while to collect enough corks to worry about. In the meantime, if you have a collection of wine corks piling up, here's a great way to put them back into use.

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