It cannot be repeated often enough that cork stoppers are a natural, recyclable and biodegradable product. But even through they are biodegradable, they can still be recycled. To take advantage of and preserve this valuable resource, a growing number of countries have taken measures to implement recycling initiatives, in order to raise awareness of the importance of this material among local populations.
Although recycled cork is never reused to manufacture cork stoppers for wine (due to lack of quality), there are many other possible alternative applications. For example, cork boards, place mats, coasters, flooring, gaskets or insulation material.