PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH - Owens Community College and Nike are encouraging area residents to bring their worn-out athletic shoes, previously destined for overcrowded landfills, to the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses in support of environmental awareness as the Environmental Club hosts the second annual "Reuse-A-Shoe" Sneaker Collection Drive, April 9-30.
The sneaker collection drive initiative is once again part of a collaborative effort with Nike's worldwide "Reuse-A-Shoe" environmental program, where worn-out athletic shoes of any brand are collected, processed and recycled into material used in sport surfaces such as basketball courts, tennis courts, athletic fields, running tracks and playgrounds. Since its founding, Nike's "Reuse-A-Shoe" program has recycled over 22 million pairs of athletic shoes and created more than 250 sport surfaces around the globe.
Owens has set up a variety of collection points around the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Area residents can drop off their worn-out athletic shoes on the Toledo-area Campus at the Student Health and Activities Center, College Hall Bookstore, College Hall Fireside Grill and the Audio/Visual Classroom Center. On the Findlay-area Campus, collection points are in the College's Commons area.
"Owens Community College is proud to once again work with Nike and give new life to worn-out athletic shoes, previously destined for dumpsters, through innovative recycling technology," said John Byers, Owens Manager of Student Activities. "Last year's collection drive was a huge success as more than 1,000 shoes were donated. I encourage individuals to help in supporting the environment by donating to the 'Reuse-A-Shoe' program."
All worn-out athletic shoes will be shipped to the Nike Recycling Center in Wilsonville, Ore., where they will be ground up and separated into one of three Nike Grind materials, which include rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper. The Nike Grind is then incorporated into playground and sport surfaces as part of partnerships with industry-leading surfacing companies.
Worn-out athletic shoes of any brand are being accepted as part of the Owens "Reuse-A-Shoe" Sneaker Collection Drive. Nike does not accept sneakers containing metal or cleats, or dress shoes.