Shoe recycling program gets running start
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) launched
a new recycling program called “Run In & Recycle.”
The program is a unique partnership to promote recycling
shoes. Minnesota’s first ongoing retailer shoe recycling program “Run
In and Recycle” started in January at the Bloomington REI store and the
Carver County Environmental Center. Collection bins are available for
customers to bring in their old, unwanted footwear for recycling.
The shoes will be ground up and turned into sorbent
material for oil spill cleanup kits to be used around the world, keeping
parks, trails and waterways clean and beautiful for outdoor enthusiasts
Currently, Minnesota recycles approximately 40% of
its waste. Shoes are often overlooked which can be reused or recycled
into new and highly useful products.
“The “Run in and Recycle” program is a unique opportunity
for Minnesotans to recycle more,” stated Maggie Mattacola, Recycle MORE
Minnesota campaign manager for the Recycling Association of Minnesota.
The footwear collected will be processed by Wipers
Recycling in Maplewood, Minnesota where they will be ground up and remanufactured
into the oil spill clean up kits.
Any type of footwear can be recycled including flip
flops, tennis shoes, hiking boots, dress shoes, shoes with heels, leather
shoes, rollerblades, ice skates and much more.
For information, visit www.Wipers