Bring On The Corks!


Our retail shop in Berkeley has now partnered with ReCork America to start collecting and recycling natural corks. 13 billion natural corks enter the market each year with most of them ending up in a landfill. The way the program works is, you bring us your corks, we send the corks to ReCork America’s warehouse in Napa, and they find an application for the corks through recycling and reuse as new products. Some of these applications include using recycled corks for soil amendment in compost, grips for sports equipment, flooring, packaging materials, and to replace wood chips or sand under playground equipment (don’t forget the children).

So it doesn’t matter if your corks are big, small, composite (like sparkling wine corks), stained or falling apart, bring them to us and we’ll take care of the rest. At this time, the program only applies to natural cork so please, no synthetic or screw-cap enclosures. To learn more about or become involved with ReCork America please visit their website at


Cork recycling at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant is fun and easy. Here are some pictures of salesman extraordinaire, Michael Butler, honing his cork recycling technique.

Step 1: Remove Cork From Bottle

Cork 1 Cork 2 Cork 3

Step 2: Carry Cork To Receptacle

Cork 4 Cork 5 Cork 6

Step 3: Drop Cork In Designated Receptacle

Cork 7 Cork 8 Cork 9

Advanced Cork Recycling Technique: Using a Box

Cork 10 Cork 11 Cork 12

Cork 13 Cork 14


  1. I’m getting lost on step 2…

  2. Oh REALLY says:

    Step 2.5 – “Drink the damn wine!”

  3. Wayne says:

    Glad to see that KLWM selected its smartest and most charismatic sales person for this demonstration!

  4. Roger says:

    Bravo! We look for great things from this new partnership. Welcome to the zany world of natural cork recycling.


    All of us at ReCORK America

  5. Heather says:

    (ok, this isn’t about the corks…)

    please, oh please, put together a Tour de France 2009 wine sampler! please? or “suggested list”?


  6. lagramiere says:

    You guys are too funny! Well done.

  7. Recycling is very very important in order to preserve mother earth.’.~

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