Make shoe recycling a team event.
Not afraid to get your hands dirty? If you're part of a group such as a school, sports team or nonprofit organization, you could hold a shoe drive and collect 500 or more pairs of worn-out sneakers with your group.
How do shoe drives work?
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe teams up with groups dedicated to bringing environmental awareness to their local communities by holding a shoe recycling drive. Some groups incorporate their shoe drive into a larger event, such as a local green week or 5k race, while others simply hold a drive with their class or school. If you'd like to have a shoe drive, you must:
- Fill out an online application.
- Be part of a group like a school/college, nonprofit, youth organization, recycling center or government (no businesses/corporations).
- Be located in the continental United States.
- Commit to collecting between 500 and 2,500 pairs of shoes.
- Remove all non-recyclable shoes before dropping them off.
- Box and bring your shoes to your local FedEx for shipping.
Why do you need to apply?
Reuse-A-Shoe is about making Nike a more sustainable company – and part of being sustainable is being efficient. That’s why we need to know how many groups are hosting drives – so we can do the most with our shipping resources, and get as many groups involved as possible.
Thanks to dedicated fans like you, the Reuse-A-Shoe program has grown – which means we’re also nearing capacity at our recycling facilities. While we’re working hard to expand the program – and transport and reuse those shoes efficiently – we have to limit the number of shoe drives we support in the meantime.
If your organization isn’t currently eligible to host a drive, you can bring up to 10 pairs of shoes at a time to any drop-off location, or ship them directly to our recycling center. For details, see our page on individual shoe recycling.