Athletic Shoe Recycling and Shoe Reuse Program
"Have A Soul, Give A Sole, Save A Sole"
Drop off your athletic and gently worn shoes to the Reuse-A-Shoe bin at Zion City Hall
2828 Sheridan Road
Monday - Friday: 8am to 5pm
Every year, across the globe, millions of pairs of athletic shoes end up in landfills or disposed of in some other way creating a lot of waste. Much of what we dispose of contains valuable materials that, with a little bit of imagination and ingenuity, could be reused. With the pursuit of sustainability in mind, Nike created a program to recycle worn out athletic shoes and turn them into something new. Old athletic shoes of any brand, are collected, processed and recycled into a material called “Nike Grind”.
Once SWALCO collects the athletic shoes (sometime after Earth Day each year) from our school, community and business partners, we transport them to Nike's facility to become "grind". This material will then be used to create sports surfaces like basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds that will be enjoyed by children of all ages, for many years to come. Now that's creative recycling! Scout troops, park districts, schools, libraries, City and Village Departments and administration, as well as corporate and other organizations are all participating in the program.
The City of Zion works with SWALCO in the shoe recycling and reuse program for Lake County. Last year the program collected and transported more than 30,000 athletic shoes for recycling. Additionally, thousands of gently worn shoes of all types were donated to local charities, including Illinois' own Share Your Soles Foundation. We collect any number of athletic shoes, as well as gently worn shoes of all types for donation. Everyone can take part. Individuals or families with just a few athletic shoes they'd like to recycle from their home can stop by the drop-off location. The City of Zion drop-off location operates year-round.