What happens to the collected corks?
First, the corks are sorted manually, i.e. any plastic stoppers they may contain are sorted out and sent for appropriate disposal.
The corks themselves are dedusted, crushed and ground and are used as a filler in the production of compressed cork - in rolls and panels - for sound and heat insulation.
What do you have to keep in mind when collecting?
Please collect only real corks!
Through consistent separation, the corks do not end up in the rubbish, but are preserved and processed as a valuable material.
Remaining pieces of cork flooring or other cork materials that have been bonded with glue, oil, varnish or paint cannot be collected. Baked cork cannot be used either. Cork rolls or cork boards can only be accepted if they are not coated, no gypsum or glue residues adhere to them, no chemicals are on the material
You can hand in or send this material to us. We are also happy to point out over 3000 collection points in Germany. You can find more information at:
Cork recycling raises awareness of the use of a natural resource!