The next time you’re clearing out your shoe cabinet, don’t just throw those old kicks away. Do good for the earth and donate them to recycle as part of Sport SG’s shoe waste collection program.
What shoes can you donate?
According to Active SG, all rubberised shoes — including sports shoes, school shoes and football boots (without metal studs) — are accepted. Rubberised slippers and sandals without metal parts can be donated too. Make sure shoes are dry and generally clean — soiled shoes will lead to contamination.
The shoes collected will be sent to a grinding facility and converted into granular material that’s used to make running tracks, playgrounds, fitness corners, gym mats, among others. According to Active SG, there are plans to use other parts of the shoe to develop prototypes for sporting equipment as well.