Recycle old school shoes and sports shoes with TreadLightly

Published on 23 January 2023

Pile of shoes ready for recycling in front of shoe recycling bin

Think again before tossing your old school shoes and sports shoes in the bin! 

If they aren't suitable to be passed on to someone else or dropped off at a local charity store, it turns out they can be recycled as they contain valuable resources.

This is a great environmental outcome because shoe components can take more than 1,000 years to break down. 

All you need to do is drop off them off at TreadLightly collection bins at participating sports stores in our area, including Rebel, The Athlete’s Foot, Intersport, Hype DC, Shoes & Sox and SportsPower.  Find your nearest collection location. 

TreadLightly will then make sure your old shoes are given a meaningful new life. Reclaimed materials - rubber, leather and fibres - are used to make new products such as gym mats, floors and playgrounds.

TreadLightly also accepts athletic lifestyle shoes, sports branded shoes, thongs and slides, football boots, sneakers, trainers and golf shoes.

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