Your gently used shoes could find a new home in a country thousands of miles away.
The Western Nevada College Recycling Committee has partnered with Community Recycling and its ShoeBox Recycling program to collect shoes in decent shape from community members for donation around the world.
“Together we are on a mission to help promote the importance of shoe recycling while raising funds to help further our recycling efforts,” said WNC Geology Professor Winnie Winnie Kortemeier, Recycling Committee Chair. “ShoeBox Recycling is easy, engaging and rewarding for everyone involved.”
Kortemeier said that these gently used shoes will retouch the ground in places such as South America and Africa, as well as other areas in the United States. ShoeBox Recycling efforts will go to help people and communities in more than 50 countries.
To participate, a shoe recycling box is located between the men’s and women’s bathrooms at the north end of the Bristlecone Building near the Brita water station. Nearly 100 pairs of shoes had been collected by the beginning of June.
Your donations will benefit more than the people who will get the shoes.
“Not only will your recycled shoes help the recycling committee raise funds, it will also help keep usable shoes out of our local landfills,” Kortemeier said. “ShoeBox Recycling also gives us a chance to connect with the people and places that receive our recycled sheose. By writing a SoleMate Note to include with your shoes, you can let their new owner know about where they came from, what they were used for or even any special memories attached to them. In return, they can write back to us and we can make a SoleMate connection.”
For more information, contact Kortemeier, Recycling Committee Chair, and check out Community Recycling online at www.communityrecycling.biz
“Start cleaning out your closets and start looking under your bed for gently used shoes,” she said.