Consumption of sparkling wine and champagne is rapidly on the rise in the UK
In 2017, the UK consumed 1.62m hectolitres of sparkling wine – that is the equivalent of 162 Olympic-size swimming pools
For every bottle popped there is a cork stopper, which up until recently in the UK had no immediate use other than to go into the waste bin.
Innovative entrepreneur, Sanjay Aggarwal founded the UK’s first natural cork recycling scheme Recorked UK after recognising such redundant material could potentially open up fresh possibilities for his business, and at the same time help the environment and the local community.
Through this initiative Sanjay supplies recycling stations and recycling sacks free-of-charge to many organisations around the UK, such as pubs, restaurants, wine merchants and vineyards.
Sanjay first connected with EBRI, when he attended one of our ‘Value from Waste’ Master Classes, held in Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands.
Following on from this EBRI provided Sanjay with detailed documented guidance as to whether natural waste cork material could be used for other purposes, for instance in an ‘energy-from-waste’ process.
Click here to discover more about Sanjay’s business, and EBRI’s findings and recommendations.