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Recycle Your Old Kicks! July 8, 2009

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Take Action! — aprasek @ 2:58 pm




Don’t throw away your old shoes! The ReUSE a SHOE program from Nike and the National Recycling Coalition will take your old, beat up athletic shoes and transform them into a playground or a basketball court!

Nike also uses the old shoes for zippers, athletic mats, accessories, tennis courts, synthetic turf, tracks and other surfaces. Click here to see what else is made from the recycled shoes.

Training Ground Floor Tiles made from recycled shoes.

Training Ground Floor Tiles made from recycled shoes.


Cick here to find a ReUSE a SHOE location by you. If there isn’t one near you, talk to an organization in your city and host a shoe drive (you must be committed to collecting 200+ pairs of shoes to host a drive). Any brand of athletic shoe can be recycled, just be sure that there is no metal on the shoe (e.g., cleats). Unfortunately, you can’t recycle your work boots or stilettos- just athletic shoes.  

Since the program’s start in 1990, over 23 million pairs of shoes have been recycled. That’s a significant amount of shoes out of our landfills, but we can do better. Pass this post on and let everyone know about the ReUSE A SHOE program!  


2 Responses to “Recycle Your Old Kicks!”

  1. Jean Tokar Says:

    I am interested in recycling old tennis shoes and using this web site am giving a location on a map, but no address or phone number. The zip code is 55424 or 55435.
    Thank you.

  2. Aimee Says:


    Unfortunately, MN doesn’t have many locations, but here are the three closest to those zips:

    Nike Factory Store
    38500 TANGER DRIVE, SUITE 101

    Nike Factory Store
    6415 LEBEAUX AVE. NE, STE A10

    Nike Clearance Store
    6750 W FRONTAGE RD. STE 400
    MEDFORD, MN 55049 US

    Hope this helps! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

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