Light Up Shoes Contain Mercury
Shoes with lights in them contain mercury so they must be disposed of with other hazardous waste. Find out how to dispose of light up shoes.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Donate your shoes to anti-poverty non-profit Soles4Souls and they will distribute them to people in need either via direct donation or by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.
Recycle Through Nike Grind
If you have athletic shoes that have reached the end of their life, the Nike Grind program will give them a new one. They accept any brand of athletic sneakers, but they don’t accept sandals, dress shoes, boots, or shoes with metal (such as cleats or spikes). Most stores will accept used shoes. Find a Nike location.
Native Shoes Remix™ Project
Mail in Native Shoes with a prepaid shipping label, and The Remix™ Project will turn them into materials that can be used to build community playgrounds. Learn more about The Remix™ Project here.
TevaForever Recycling Program
Recycle old Teva sandals and flip flops for free through the TevaForever Recycling Program. Sandals are broken down and reborn as material for rubberized athletic tracks and playgrounds, and their fabric uppers are turned into rug and carpet backing.
Ways to Reduce
Choose Eco-Friendly Shoes
Opt for shoes that are made from natural, biodegradable materials or recycled materials.