Keep Scottsdale Beautiful and American Textile Recycling Service Announce Over 21,000 Shoes Collected During the Super Scottsdale Shoe Drive

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Citywide shoe drive keeps unwanted shoes out of landfill and raises funds for new basketball court at Scottsdale's only homeless shelter.

ATRS Team Stands with a Portion of Donated Shoes

"Thanks to community support for this program, we are now able to turn these unwanted shoes into assets. Many will be reused by people in need, others will be given a new life as a new product," says Robby Milner, Arizona Market Team Manager

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) has been turning clothing, shoes and other household textiles into funding for non-profit organizations since its inception in 2001. In partnership with Keep Scottsdale Beautiful, Arizonians were invited to donate their unwanted shoes this past month into specially designated Super Scottsdale Shoe Drive Bins throughout the city to raise funds to resurface the Family Promise Center Basketball Court.

Over 10,000 shoes were collected from these designated bins in conjunction with 11,000 from ATRS Recycling bins. These shoes were transported and counted on the Scottsdale Community College football field in Scottsdale, AZ. Shoes were donated by local families and community members at approximately 100 designated drop locations including the Scottsdale Public Libraries and several Prestige Cleaners locations. These shoes will be reused, repurposed and recycled by ATRS Recycling. Every pair collected will generate much-needed funding for Keep Scottsdale Beautiful to resurface the basketball court at Family Promise, an organization that provides aid to homeless families.

Thanks to citywide participation and community support for this campaign, over 21,000 unwanted sneakers, sandals and other shoes were diverted from local municipal landfills in just over a month. ATRS and Keep Scottsdale Beautiful would like to thank participating businesses, property managers and volunteers that made this campaign a success as well as the families, students and schools that turned their unwanted shoes in to support the only homeless shelter in Scottsdale.

"Thanks to community support for this program, we are now able to turn these unwanted shoes into assets. Many will be reused by people in need, others will be given a new life as a new product," says Robby Milner, Arizona Market Team Manager, "This is a great example of what our community can accomplish when we work together to support local families and residents in need."

ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recyclers are located throughout the State of Arizona and provide year round drop-off points for gently used, outgrown and unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household textiles. Each recycler provides an ongoing monthly stream of revenue for local charities like Sedona Recycles, The Weldon House and Catholic Community Charities Services. To find a recycler near you, call the 24-Hour Hotline 866.900-9308 or visit the ATRS Company Site.

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS)
The nation’s fastest growing textile recycler and its socially responsible business model provides free textile recycling solutions for the public, job stimulation worldwide and much-needed funding for worthy local charities. Easy, convenient ATRS Recyclers are available throughout Phoenix, Tucson and Tempe, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Atlanta, Oklahoma, and Southern California. ATRS is committed to keeping textile waste from local landfills and promoting a greener tomorrow. For press inquires contact pr (at) atrsonline (dot)com.

About Keep Scottsdale Beautiful
Keep Scottsdale Beautiful (KSB) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization and registered affiliate of Keep America Beautiful dedicated to engaging the community in service to promote a clean, green and sustainable Scottsdale. KSB’s pillars are: Beautify public places – Reduce, reuse, recycle – Educate the public – Protect the environment – Help fellow citizens. For more information about KSB, visit keepscottsdalebeautiful.org.

About Family Promise – Greater Phoenix
Family Promise provides a day center, employment assistance, counseling and other services for families in the emergency shelter program. The shelter focuses on keeping parents and children together while the family seeks permanent housing and financial stability. The family center is in need of an outdoor community area where families can come together to play and relax in a safe environment. The basketball court will be a place where families can have fun while working hard to improve their future. For more information, visit familypromiseaz.org.

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