Huguley Fitness Center member Rodney Thomas drops off old shoes to be converted into athletic surfaces.
Huguley Fitness Center has been selected to host a Nike Reuse-A-Shoe drive through January 28, or until a maximum of 200 pairs are donated. The community is welcome to drop off all brands of athletic shoes with no metal or cleats in the recycling bin located in the lobby of the Huguley Fitness Center.
The Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program divides old, worn-out athletic shoes into rubber outsoles, foam midsoles and the fabric upper. These materials are then shredded and converted into indoor and outdoor athletic surfaces including courts, tracks, fields and playgrounds.
“Dropping off your old shoes gets them out of your closet, out of the landfill, and into a project that benefits the community,” said Laurie Evans, community development coordinator at Huguley Memorial Medical Center.
Nike has recycled 24 billion pairs of shoes globally since beginning their recycling program in 1990. A playground and an indoor basketball court in Dallas are made with their recycled material.
In 2008, Huguley launched a green initiative to recycle paper, plastics, aluminum and tin and to reduce usage of water, natural gas and electricity.