For folks residing within the Central Okanagan wine nation, a bottle cork is not one thing to toss away as rubbish.
On June 1, B.C.’s Return-It program launched a pilot mission to recycle wine corks at West Kelowna’s Boucherie Self Storage and Bottle Depot — and to show them into environmentally pleasant footwear materials.
The non-profit program will ship the oak stoppers to Calgary-based recycling firm ReCORK for processing and remodeling into plastic alternate options for footbeds, footwear and sandals manufactured by footwear firm SOLE.
In line with ReCORK, every pair of its eco-friendly footwear comprises 22 to 60 wine corks, which it says can soak up moisture and cut back odour.
However not all wine corks are recyclable. Return-It asks drinkers to not drop in corks which are artificial, waxed or hooked up with a plastic bar-top.
Return-It president and CEO Allen Langdon says it is sensible to do the pilot in the midst of a wine nation like West Kelowna. It is attainable the pilot will increase right into a provincewide initiative, he stated.
“If we’re getting good volumes [of wine corks], then we’ll search for alternatives to increase this system,” Langdon informed Chris Walker, the host of CBC’s Dawn South.
Langon stated he is all for what he referred to as a “round economic system,” the place the corporate finds a number of methods for the corks to be reused.
ReCORK says Pointe-Claire, Que., was the primary Canadian municipality to undertake wine-cork recycling with the corporate, in Jan. 2019.