Refuse Division

Recycling Cork

Ever wonder where cork comes from and if it can be recycled?

February 1, 2012 | 2 min reading time
Photo by Refuse Division Title: Corks
Source: Refuse Division

Cork is a recyclable natural resource that comes from the bark of a Cork Oak Tree. The good thing about obtaining cork from this tree is that the tree does not have to be cut down; however once the 1.5-2 inch bark is removed from the tree it can take anywhere from 7-10 years for the bark to grow back.

How and where can you recycle cork?

Locally cork can be recycled at:

*        The Upcycle Exchange

3206 S. Grand

St Louis, MO 63118

*        Whole Foods-Galleria

1601 S. Brentwood Blvd
St Louis, MO 63144

*        Sappington Farmers' Market

8400 Watson Road
St Louis, MO 63119

If I recycle cork what will it be made into?

Just in case you were wondering, recycled cork is not used to produce more wine stoppers. It is, however, used to make a variety of products such as memo boards, placemats, coasters, floor tiles, gaskets, boat decking and much more.

If you have any questions or for more info on recycling, please visit our web page: or email us at


Refuse Division

City of St. Louis

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