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Nomacorc and TerraCycle Cork Brigade™ Celebrate 2 Million Wine Closures Collected

Date: 02/24/11

Nomacorc, the world’s leading producer of alternative wine closures, is celebrating the second anniversary of its partnership with TerraCycle, Inc., the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of nonrecyclable waste. The companies have worked together to expand the Cork Brigade™, a free program that collects synthetic and natural wine closures and “upcycles” them into corkboards for the home or office.

Since the launch of the Cork Brigade in August 2008, more than 1,000 individuals and organizations such as liquor stores, restaurants and wineries have joined the Cork Brigade collection program. Nomacorc and TerraCycle have diverted more than 2 million closures from landfills and raised thousands of dollars for charitable organizations across the United States. The first upcycled product made from Nomacorc closures, an 18x18-inch corkboard, is available at national retailers and online at

Nomacorc already recycles all excess production materials created at its manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe. The TerraCycle program rounds out its sustainability efforts, collecting post-use wine closures from wineries, restaurants and consumers.

“Finding a new purpose for used Nomacorc closures through TerraCycle’s established and well-respected national recycling program supports our existing efforts to minimize Nomacorc’s environmental impact and carbon footprint,” said Malcolm Thompson, global vice president of marketing and innovation for Nomacorc. “Nomacorc takes its responsibility as an environmental steward seriously and is proactively looking for ways to be more sustainable.”

With the early success of TerraCycle’s wine closure recycling initiative, large independent beverage retail chains including Spec’s Wine, Spirits, & Finer Foods and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits joined the program in 2009 and have become instrumental to its impressive growth.

To gather recyclable products, TerraCycle engages nonprofit community organizations such as schools, churches and youth groups. This enables TerraCycle to efficiently manage a nationwide collection of materials to supply its upcycling programs. TerraCycle works with an independent nonprofit, Zerofootprint, to offset all carbon emissions related to these programs.

Nomacorc is in good company; other TerraCycle sponsors include Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Colgate, Ziploc, Capri Sun and Stonyfield Farm, whose support of the TerraCycle program provides a revenue source for worthy organizations in communities across the United States.

About Nomacorc
Nomacorc is a worldwide leader in wine closures and the number one closure brand for still wines in many countries including France, Germany and the United States. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint. Nomacorc’s 100 percent recyclable products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With 500 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, Austria and China, Nomacorc produces more than 2 billion closures annually. Working with renowned wine research institutes worldwide, the company leads the wine closure industry in fundamental and applied research into oxygen management in wine. For more information, visit or follow Nomacorc on Twitter and Facebook.

About TerraCycle

Founded in 2001, TerraCycle is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of nonrecyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with over 30 major brands in the United States (and in a growing number of other countries) to collect used packaging and products (chip bags, candy wrappers, juice pouches, pens, toothbrushes, etc.) that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay schools and nonprofits for every piece of waste they collect and return. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on buying TerraCycle products, please visit

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