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Published:  23 July, 2008

APCOR, the Portuguese Cork Association, has called on UK retailers to take part in a national cork recycling scheme and also to improve labelling about closures. Cork recycled from wine closures can be used to make products such as placemats, floor tiles, gaskets, fishing rods, shoe wedges and insulation material. Countries including Australia, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland have cork recycling programmes. Since its launch in February this year, the Cork Information Bureau in the UK claims to have has seen a fivefold increase in the number of enquiries received about cork recycling. It says these enquiries have come from a mix of local authorities, businesses, the wine trade and individual consumers. Joana Mesquita, spokeswoman for APCOR, said: We are keen to hear from UK retailers who would be interested in working with us to develop a scheme for recycling. Although cork is biodegradable, it has so many uses that it is logical to recycle it.' APCOR is also calling on UK retailers to improve labelling for consumers at point of sale. Mesquita claims: Our research shows that consumers want to have the choice over what closure they are buying. We ask retailers to get behind labelling closures at point of sale.'