If you have a pair (or single shoe) of shoes, gently- or well-worn, you'd like to get rid of, consider dropping them off at one of the 23 locations in Sacramento County as part of a month-long campaign.
The donation drive is a collaborative effort among Sacramento County's Waste Management and Recycling department, Soles4Souls, “Keep California Beautiful,” and STORAGEPRO. Their goal is to recycle 25,000 pairs of shoes by Sept. 30.
According to Sacramento County:
Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, and flip flops.Americans buy 2.3 million pairs of shoes a day - enough to cover the bottom of a 17-acre closet with shoe boxes. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Americans throw away at least 300 million pairs of shoes each year.
The donated shoes will be used to help individuals in need. Soles4Souls distributes the reusable shoes worldwide. The unusable footwear is recycled which keeps them out of the landfill reducing the strain on the environment.
A shoe can take 30 to 40 years to decompose. None of the shoes received by Soles4Souls are thrown away.
View the list of the County of Sacramento shoe drop-off locations, including county offices in Rosemont and the Carmichael Library.