ShoeBox Recycling and Burlington County Collaborate to Shed Some Light on Going Green

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Recycle Your Shoes with ShoeBox Recycling, Find Your SoleMate and Take a Bite Out of Your Electric Bill in One Great Event

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We are thrilled to include a transformative program like ShoeBox Recycling at Earth Fair that encourages our community members to easily choose the path of sustainability and find new and convenient ways to green our county,said Director Bruce Garganio

Today, Burlington County Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio announced an exciting new collaboration with ShoeBox Recycling for this year’s’ Annual Earth Fair in Historic Smithville Park on Sunday, June 24th. Residents, families, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring gently used, paired, men’s, women’s and kids shoes to the Earth Fair’s Sustainable Living Tent with the hope that the message, ‘worn is not worn out’ will resonate throughout the county. With over 300 million pairs of shoes being thrown away each year, Burlington County wants to put area landfills on a diet and promote reuse of gently used shoes. As a reward, participants will receive immediate savings toward the purchase of a lighting kit that will help to cut utility bills. When residents bring in four pairs of gently used shoes they will receive a $1 credit from ShoeBox Recycling towards the purchase of a lighting kit. Bring in 12 pairs and get $3 in savings. ShoeBox Recycling will accept all types of shoes except: roller skates, roller blades, ice skates, snow boots, and firemen boots. Spring is a great time to clean out those unwanted but still usable sneakers, sandals, cleats, running shoes, dress shoes, heels, and Shoebox Recycling will provide a guilt-free alternative to throwing them away.        

"We are thrilled to include a transformative program like ShoeBox Recycling at Earth Fair that encourages our community members to easily choose the path of sustainability and find new and convenient ways to green our county,” said Director Garganio. “Everyone has extra shoes in their closet and now we have an opportunity to make a great choice to put those shoes to reuse. If you bring at least four pairs, you can get $1.00 off of a CFL “Monster Combo” light kit from the New Jersey Clean Energy Program.” The light kit includes 12 CFL's and 2 LED night lights.

ShoeBox Recycling has 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 in third world countries.. They have humanized the process by adding the prospect of finding your SoleMate. Just like the ancient mystique of the ‘message in a bottle,’ recyclers can trace the journey their shoes take to meet their new feet by placing a note inside the recycled shoes.

"Shoe recycling needs to become as familiar to us all and as easy to perform as bottle, can, and paper recycling,” said Lisa Pomerantz, Queen of Sole at ShoeBox Recycling. “It’s great to work with Burlington County, true leaders in sustainability, who see the vision we have of shifting the way people think about their shoes. Our SoleMate program encourages discovery of new and diverse cultures across the globe with the hope of making the world a smaller, friendlier and greener place.”

“The great thing we are doing together here is rewarding one great green action like shoe recycling, with another—an inexpensive way of re-lighting your home with CFL’s,” she added. The savings keep going and the chance of meeting your SoleMate is fun for everyone!”

The Annual Earth Fair takes place on Sunday June 24, 2012 from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm at Historic Smithville Park located at Smithville Rd. in Eastampton, NJ. Admission is free.. For more information call 609-265-5858. Oh, and don’t forget your shoes!

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 in the process. With over 300 million pairs of shoes hitting landfills each year, ShoeBox Recycling is looking to change the way people think about their shoes and the need for reuse around the globe. ShoeBox Recycling is headquartered in Fairless Hills, PA. For more information, call 888.482.5754.

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