Every year, across the globe, millions of pairs of shoes end up in landfills or disposed of in some way, creating a lot of waste. It is estimated that 85% or more of these unwanted items end up in our landfills, which here in the U.S. and around the world, are filling up fast.
No matter what age we are, most of us have at least a few pairs or more of unwanted shoes hanging out in our closets. Some may be shoes we just don’t wear, shoes we or family members have outgrown, or those that have gotten a little worn around the edges. Much of what we consider unwanted waste can actually be recycled or repurposed.
With the pursuit of sustainability in mind, SWALCO developed a program to reuse those shoes and we have been offering the program for over a decade now. Many tons of shoes have been collected through this program to date, and, these tons, have all been recycled or reused.
Scout troops, Park Districts, Schools, Churches, Libraries, City and Village Departments and administration, as well as corporate groups and other community organizations have all participated in this worthwhile and fun program. Currently all types of shoes can be brought in and collected, with the exception of: rollerblades, ice skates and winter boots.
All other boots, like dress boots, hiking boots and rain boots are accepted. Any brand and any size will be accepted. Shoes in any condition, from new or gently used, to those that are worn, will be accepted. Even those with stains or holes will be accepted. And, the great news is that 95% or more of all the materials collected will be recycled or reused and not only that – you can be a part of this great effort!
Everyone can take part. Make a difference in your community that reaches so much further beyond and Reuse Those Shoes!