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Recycle Your Shoes

31 January 2008

If you’ve got an old pair of athletic shoes kicking around (heh) that are too grody to give to Goodwill, you don’t have to send them to the landfill. Send them to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program where they will be processed and recycled into materials used to provide children with basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds all over the world. To date, Reuse-A-Shoe has collected more than 20 million pairs of athletic shoes and used them to create more than 250 sport surfaces. According to their website, it takes about 2,500 pairs to create the surface for a playground. There are no drop-off facilities in Minnesota (although there is one in Fargo, ND) – but no worries! Mail your old shoes to:

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

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mateo permalink
    9 February 2008 12:34 am

    You’d think that all these fanatical runners here in Eugene (aka Track-Town USA) would be able to supply shoes enough to pave over South Dakota with tennis courts. I don’t think that there is anything in Oregon that CAN’T be recycled. Other than #6 plastic that is, and they are working on that I’ve been told. I need to get my hand on some reusable grocery bags. And you would not believe the Cult of the Prius in Portland.

  2. 18 November 2008 1:09 pm

    This is such an awesome program! I know that my family and I will be participating!!

  3. lifeatthetop permalink
    17 January 2009 6:51 pm

    wow, this is a fantastic program, I am always looking for a way to recycle, reuse and reduce.


  4. Loretta Corry permalink
    3 April 2009 8:35 am

    I work in a correctional facility in California. Every month we throw shoes away that have small tears or the rubber sole is cracked. Is there any other place that I can send these shoes besides to the landfill?


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