Recycling Shoes

Recycle your shoes. They won’t walk there by themselves!

Can I recycle shoes?

Yes. You can recycle shoes at most recycling centres, or donate them to a charity shop.

How should I recycle shoes?

Before you donate your old shoes be sure to tie them together in pairs as they can easily get separated and single shoes can’t be sold on.

What else can I do with them?

Repair them!

Before you get rid of those unworn shoes perhaps you might take another look. Could they be painted, decorated or repaired?

Refashioning or repairing old shoes can be far cheaper than buying a new pair.

Donate them!

Pairs of shoes in good condition can be donated to charity shops:

  • Charities like Oxfam, Save The Children, Barnado's, Age Concern and Cancer Research have chains of high street shops.
  • The Variety Club also has 3000 shoe recycling sites throughout the UK, mostly found in supermarket car parks and in some specialist shoe shops, such as Up & Running.
  • Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe programme accepts used athletic shoes in any state. They are converted into surfaces for basketball courts, tennis courts and running tracks.

Re-use your shoes

Save an old pair of shoes for painting and decorating


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