Any recommendations for a place that collects really worn sneakers? Ones that are no longer useable but would be wasted tossing in the recycle bag. A downtown location would be appreciated but I can 'travel' if it is outside downtown.
landfill them. they aren't recycleable. donate a cheap but new pair to any one of a number of organizations that serve low- to no- income people.
People might be poor and homeless, but spare them shoes that are un-useable, and spare the folks who have to sort them from throwing them away for you.
Everyone deserves dignity.
Did OP say they were looking to donate them for people to wear? I'm guessing they were looking for more of an answer along these lines: https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-textile-recovery#how-where-to-recycl...
If you don't know the answer, feel free to just ignore the question. They are indeed recyclable.
The Nike Store on Newbury St will take old sneakers. I believe they recycle them into gym mats or similar. Been taking mine there for a few years.
Orchard in Allston just partnered on a sneaker donation program with Nike Grind where they turn old sneakers into playground materials.
Not sure if Newbury Nike Store takes them, but Wrentham outlet will.https://www.verywellfit.com/how-to-donate-your-used-running-shoes-2911842
So, too worn to wear, too good to recycle? What does that even mean? Let it go Elsa, throw them in the *trash.
You should have given that link to the OP.
Please don't throw your sneakers in the recycling bin FFS.
I didn’t, thanks.
Do I understand correctly that you're seeking a place where you can recycle sneakers that would be wasted if you tossed them in the "recycle bag"?
Most of the clothing donation boxes you see around town will accept them. Anything that is too worn out to be wearable is still used for textile recycling -- what used to be called the "rag trade".
They do NOT go into municipal recycling bins.
Great resources here! https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-textile-recovery#how-where-to-recycl...
I don't know if Malden is too far out of your way, but all five K-8 schools in Malden have clothing recycle bins located outside the schools. They take shoes (boots, sneakers, heels, cleats, slippers, sandals, flip flops) among many other things - any clothes, hats, gloves, scarfs, pocketbooks, duffle bags, belts, ties, bathrobes, any bed or bath linens, throw rugs, draperies tableclothes, placemats, and stuffed animals. Per their flyer, in any condition, 95% of all textiles can be recycled or reused.
Malden Public schools get $50/ton from the company (Bay State Textiles).
recycle them into clothing, playground mats, etc. If they're wearable still, any clothing donation box will take them.
If you can wait until summer, Boston collects textiles for recycling (including shoes, backpacks, underwear, socks, stuffed animals, linens, belts, and much more) at all Hazardous Waste Collection Days.
The July and September collections will be closer to downtown than the June and August ones in West Roxbury. They only accept donations via car though, you're not allowed to just walk up.
I see nothing on the page that you linked to that says you have to drive to it.
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