Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (MCDES) participates in a program with the National Recycling Coalition and Nike, Inc. that allows area residents to recycle their unwanted athletic sneakers instead of throwing them in the garbage. Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program recycles and grinds athletic footwear and turns them into sports surfaces. Sneakers may be brought to the Monroe County ecopark (open 9/21/11) for recycling during operating hours (click here for details). The program will only accept sneakers that do not contain metal (grommets, eyelets, zippers, tags, etc.). Shoes, boots, clogs, crocs, sandals, flip-flops and sneakers that light-up are also not acceptable.
Monroe County ecopark Facility
10 Avion Drive
Rochester, New York 14624
Take Exit #17 (Scottsville Road - NY 383). Go south for 2 miles and turn right on Paul Road (Rt. 252A). Stay on Paul Road for 1.3 miles, turn left into the facility (Avion Drive) and follow the signs.
From Jefferson Road at Scottsville Road:
Turn north on Scottsville Road and continue for 1.2 miles. Turn left on Paul Road (Rt. 252A) and continue for 1.3 miles, turn left into the facility (Avion Drive) and follow the signs.
Monroe County residents may also reuse good condition sneakers by donating them to an organization like those listed here.
For more information call (585) 753-7526.
Chet the Cheetah and the Reuse-a-Shoe Program
Reuse-a-Shoe Program in Action
Getting old sneakers back in the game has been a very successful project with about 25,000 pair of sneakers shipped to Nike by MCDES.