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Idea Fair

Cork Recycling Program

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How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

The purpose of Farmington's Cork Recycling Program was to help reduce waste by recycling corks instead of throwing them away in the trash. We have easy access to a local business called Re-Cork C'ville where we can drop off our corks to be recycled. This cork recycling system has allowed Farmington to give back to its community by ending unnecessary waste of corks and prevent more corks from entering landfills. Thanks to Re-Cork C'ville we were, and are still able to support a local business and help reduce our carbon footprint.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

Bartender Tom Shaw presented the idea of a club-wide recycling program for wine corks and organized the program. Food and beverage outlets across the Club informed their teams to no longer throw away corks and instead collect them in a designated bin at each outlet. Once the bin is full, the Food and Beverage Managers deliver them to the Beverage Manager's office. When the bin in the Beverage Manager's office is full, he delivers them to Re-Cork C'ville where the corks are recycled.

Beverage Manager Andrew Woodland has been working with Re-Cork C'ville to market this new recycling system as well as spread awareness to the membership. He has promoted the program in Farmington's Newsletter and Farmington's Wine Society Newsletter.

About the author

Brandon Johnson

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