Recycle Your Shoes

Give your old shoes new life. Recyle or donate your shoes to charity instead of throwing them out.


| September 2009 Web


It’s time for new shoes. Those old kicks you’ve been wearing for the past year or more are starting to wear around the edges and finally fall apart. Buying new shoes is always a serious task. Once you’ve made it through the challenge of finding the right size, width, color and price all in one shoe, you’re still left with the question of what to do with that dingy old pair. Throwing them in the trash sounds like the easiest—and least eco-friendly—option, but where do you recycle shoes? 

Recycle

Recycling your shoes might not be as difficult as you think. A few years ago Nike partnered with the National Recycling Corporation to create the Reuse-a-Shoe program. Under this program, Nike takes old athletic shoes of any brand and grinds them into a material used to resurface athletic fields, courts, tracks and playgrounds. For a list of recycling facilities, visit the official website of the program. If there isn’t a recycling facility in your area, you can ship your shoes to:

Nike Recycling Center
c/o Reuse-a-Shoe
26755 SW 95th Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070 

Donate 

If there’s still some wear and tear left in your shoes, donating them is another good possibility. Many facilities and programs around the country will take old shoes, and many of them re-use the shoes for charitable purposes. 





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