Put Your Old Good Shoes in a New Line of Work

Can a person have too many shoes?  If you find yourself in this situation, here is a solution to get rid of your gently worn, or well-worn, or even single shoes if they have lost their mates.  Waste Management and Recycling has teamed up with Soles4Souls, “Keep California Beautiful,” and STORAGEPRO to recycle 25,000 pairs of shoes by September 30. 

“Turn Up the Sole” is the 2013 theme of the California campaign.  Here in Sacramento County, collection boxes will be placed at public areas where County facilities are located.  Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes:  athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, and flip flops. 

The donated shoes will be used to help individuals in need.  Soles4Souls distributes the reusable shoes worldwide.  The unusable footwear is recycled which keeps them out of the landfill reducing the strain on the environment.   A shoe can take 30 to 40 years to decompose.  None of the shoes received by Soles4Souls are thrown away.

View the list of the County of Sacramento shoe drop-off locations.  

About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls®

Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty.  Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.  Visit http://soles4souls.org/ for more information


About Keep California Beautiful

Keep California Beautiful, Inc., is an environmental education non-profit 501c (3), whose mission is to work together to ignite individuals, state and local governments, communities, and corporate responsibility through strategic initiatives and volunteer action to preserve and protect California’s beautiful natural resources for generations to come.  For additional information, visit www.keepcabeautiful.org



Americans buy 2.3 million pairs of shoes a day - enough to cover the bottom of a 17-acre closet with shoe boxes.  According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Americans throw away at least 300 million pairs of shoes each year. 
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