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What to do with Corks?

I’ve got 5 council bins for waste

  1. Paper
  2. Plastics, metals and glass
  3. Compostable garden waste
  4. Food waste
  5. Landfill

Screwcaps go in No. 2 Plastics, metals and glass
Plastic ‘corks’ go in 2 Plastics, metals and glass*

But real corks?
Not garden waste, they’re tree bark but tree branches with a diameter bigger than a man’s finger are not accepted, and a cork is much wide than that

So I put them in bin 5 Landfill .

Yet I recall the cork industry makinga lot of noise about how corks are recyclable, Where?

*The Society’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is closed with plastic Nomacorc ‘corks’ which are stamped “100% Recyclable”

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Good question!

Or could they be put to some practical (or even creative) use, rather than throwing them away?

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Several creative uses, sticking them together to make a notice board for instance.

But I’m not going to do that, and if I did, how many notice boards does a man need?

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the answer can be found in Tolstoy’s short story “How much land does a man need?”

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You could always build a house with them…

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We USED to bring them to school for art projects, but I started getting funny looks from Reception after the fourth or fifth bag so … I’ve stopped now.

:relieved:

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Find a man with fat fingers and get him to recycle them. :yum:

A cork house would be well insulated, but practically it seems that I will have to place these 30 odd corks I have in land fill…

Actually - a less flippant answer - you can compost them! Apparently you do need to grind them up first or they will just sit there. Not sure how you do that - an old coffee/spice grinder might do it?

Why not use a pestle and mortar… :slight_smile:

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You must have a pretty hefty one of those to bash a cork into submission! I’m going for power - maybe a commercial blender :smiling_imp:.

I suppose that’s how the Diam ones are made - blitz up the cork and then bind it back together in a uniform substrate.

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You could just let the dog chew them to bits, as that’s what my two like to do whenever they find one… :upside_down_face:

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Hope RSPCA is not watching…

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As long as its not still in the bottle they should be fine.:roll_eyes::laughing:

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Please do what @robert_mcintosh suggests and donate to local nurseries and infant schools .I do this and keep all my crown caps for a teacher friend for crafts with the kids! These nurseries literally can’t get enough.!! Just rotate the nurseries :joy::joy:

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@peterm “OR” … be creative yourself and do this …
HOW MUCH !!??:scream::scream:

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My partner and her trusty glue gun has been working on a Christmas wreath. Only a few more bottles to go and then tinsel and holly. Slightly concerned about the looks from the postie if we put it on the front door though!

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@dinkydodah, wow !! This is fantastic, definitely get it on the door ! Bet it will look great when it’s finished :clinking_glasses:

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I filled a decanter/vase with some, and it sits on a shelf in my kitchen. Although now that it’s full, I’ll have to think of another plan for the next lot!

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That’s not even nearly full! Must try harder :smiley:

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