Friday, October 14, 2011

ES & TUSD Partner to Collect Used Sneakers for Recycling

City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) and Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) are sponsoring a sneaker collection drive through the Nike ReUse-a-Shoe program. From now through October 21, 2011, nine TUSD schools will be asking their students to collect old sneakers for recycling.

“This is a great opportunity for students to easily participate in and learn about the benefits of recycling,” said Tina Cook, TUSD Energy Projects Manager.  TUSD offers recycling at 98% of their facilities which has saved the district on waste disposal costs while enabling students and staff to be environmental stewards. After the collection event ends, ES will ship the used athletic shoes to the Nike factory, where they are broken down, with the resulting grind used for athletic court surfaces and in new shoes.

Students can deposit their used athletic shoes into labeled metal containers delivered to the participating schools. The City will be weighing and keeping track of shoes collected from each TUSD school and the results will be presented to the schools and announced on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2011.

Residents who want to help in the shoe collection drive can bring their old sneakers to any City Council Ward Office or City Hall during the month of October. For more information, visit