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Save Your Corks This Holiday Season To Help The Darien Nature Center

Tim Smith of WinePort of Darien drops off a donation of corks at the Darien Nature Center.
Tim Smith of WinePort of Darien drops off a donation of corks at the Darien Nature Center. Photo Credit: Contributed
Darien Nature Center student Victoria Dunn with donated corks
Darien Nature Center student Victoria Dunn with donated corks Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- As the season of entertaining ramps up, the Darien Nature Center is asking community members and businesses to save their bottle corks during the holidays.

Not only will doing so help the environment, but it will also help raise funds for the ongoing care of more than 40 resident animals at the Nature Center.

Executive Director Leila Wetmore said the Nature Center has partnered with Yemm & Hart Green Materials, who recycle cork and make a financial donation in exchange for large cork collections. Cork can be used as a renewable and earth friendly replacement for plastics in home flooring, walls, furniture, tableware, and more.

The Nature Center has set up a collection bin in the entrance of their lobby at 120 Brookside Road. Tim Smith of WinePort of Darien recently dropped off hundreds of corks for the cause, but smaller contributions are equally appreciated. WinePort will receive donations of cork as well.

“Keep a small bowl for your corks and as it fills, bring them over! Cork is such a perfect renewable resource; it is a shame for them to end up in a landfill. Every recycled cork makes a difference for our environment.” said Wetmore. “We set a goal of 100,000 corks which we hope will inspire people to recycle in new ways.”

Wetmore said all money raised will directly fund animal care including food, shelter, and veterinary expenses.

Real, non-plastic corks can be dropped off to the Darien Nature Center or WinePort of Darien during regular business hours. Contact Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at (203) 655-7459 for more information.

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