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How to Recycle Your Old Shoes

written by: L.Romano•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 8/15/2009

If you no longer want or wear your shoes, consider recycling them, which is not only great for the environment, but for yourself and others as well.

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    Chances are you have more than one pair of shoes in your closet and do not wear them all. Some people have so many pairs they have nowhere to put them. If you no longer want or wear your shoes, consider recycling them, which is not only great for the environment, but for yourself and others as well.

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    Put the Shoes on Craigslist

    When you put the shoes on Craigslist, you can put them either in the free section or for sale in the clothing section. Make sure to include all the details possible and, if possible, pictures as well.

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    Sell the Shoes at a Garage Sale

    Many people go to garage sales to get incredible deals on items that they cannot afford, or do not want, to pay full price for. Use a garage sale as an opportunity to sell your old shoes for a severely discounted price or even give them away free.

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    Donate to Help Create New Sports Surfaces

    When you donate a pair of sneakers to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program, the sneakers will be divided into three parts, then ground up to be used in various sports surfaces such as track surfaces, tennis courts and playgrounds. For more information on how you can donate and how the process works, visit nikereuseashoe.com.

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    Keep Them For Messy Situations

    If you’ve ever had to do yard work or other various other messy situations where you don’t want your good condition shoes to get trashed, keep your old sneakers to wear. You can get them as messy as you want without worrying about having to clean them off afterwards.

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    Donate to Disadvantaged Women

    Some women are looking for a job, but do not have the means to buy professional looking attire that they can wear for the interview and job. Upon referral, Dress for Success provides each woman with a suit to wear during interviews. After landing a job, she can go back for some additional clothing. If you have shoes you no longer wear that you believe are appropriate for a professional work environment, visit dressforsuccess.org.

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    When you recycle your shoes, it prevents them from going into the landfill where they just take up space and do absolutely no good. When you donate your shoes or sell them for a small amount, you never know the impact that they could have in someone else’s life.

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    Sources:

    http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx

    http://www.nikereuseashoe.com