Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division Laces Up and Launches ShoeBox Recycling to Recycle Shoes and Reduce Waste

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Shoe Reuse Program will Educate Residents in a Convenient, Fun and Easy Way to be Green and Find Their SoleMate

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Today, the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division of Georgia kicked off a unique partnership with ShoeBox Recycling to further educate their residents about the shoe reuse while lessening landfill usage. By aligning their missions, the two organizations hope to educate about the power of reuse, reduce landfill usage, recycle as many usable pairs of shoes as possible and connect people through the process of shoe recycling.

The Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division provides a number of services for items other than traditional curbside recyclables. In fact, they have set the bar extremely high with a waste diversion goal of 75% by 2020. Pulling shoes that are perfectly reusable from the waste stream and placing them on the feet of those who need them most is a great way to help them reach this goal.

ShoeBox Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of shoes. They have flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R,’ REUSE, with all of the shoes collected destined for reuse by those in need of affordable footwear. They have humanized the process by adding the prospect of finding your SoleMate. Just like the ancient mystique of the ‘message in a bottle,’ you can trace the journey your shoes take to meet their new feet with a SoleMate note in placed your shoes. A normally passive act of recycling becomes interactive and intriguing.

"With our shoe recycling program, you have the chance to connect with a person anywhere around the globe over something as simple and easy as a pair of shoes you no longer wear,” said Lisa Pomerantz, Queen of Sole at ShoeBox Recycling. “We are confident that our collaboration with the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division will fit like ‘a great pair of shoes’ as residents and neighboring college students realize how easy this program is to implement.”

“We are thrilled to embark on an ongoing program with ShoeBox Recycling, ” said Suki Janssen, Waste Reduction Administrator for the County. For years we have been doing shoe collection seasonally with great success. Having a consistent shoe reuse collection program in place allows us to further educate our community that there can still be a lot of life left in the materials we readily discard. The ShoeBox Recycling movement helps us to change the mindset of folks right here at home.”

Proceeds from ShoeBox Recycling will go towards funding further education and awareness about waste reduction. Shoe collection includes all gently used, paired athletic, men’s, women’s and kids shoes. Contact the Recycling Division Team for a complete list of acceptable shoes.

“If we can ALWAYS think about people recycling their shoes for other people, we'll get REUSE right every time. Our goal with ShoeBox Recycling is to make the world a little smaller, a little friendlier, and a little greener, ” said Pomerantz.

Today, ShoeBox Recycling works with communities, cities, towns, individuals, schools, organizations, non-profits, retailers, and big corporations all over the country. So far shoes have travelled from over 42 states in the US and have journeyed to points all over the globe where affordable shoes are needed.


ShoeBox Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of shoes. Founded in 2011 with a mission to recycle as many pairs of shoes as possible while offering the opportunity to find your SoleMate (future happy feet) along the way. Every pair of shoes collected will be distributed for resale and reuse in their original form at various local marketplaces here and around the developing world. ShoeBox Recycling is looking to change the way people think about their shoes and the need for reuse around the globe. That’s why every time you recycle a pair of shoes, you have the opportunity to meet your SoleMate. ShoeBox Recycling is headquartered in Fairless Hills, PA. For more information, call 888.482.5754 or visit

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Kristine Kobylus, Program Education Specialist
Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division
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