Show time for old athletic shoes

Posted By Mike Padgett

July 16, 2008

The hometown of Arizona State University is planning to get a lot of mileage out of 15,000 discarded athletic shoes.

The City of Tempe is sending the donated shoes to Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling center in Wilsonville, Ore., where the worn shoes will be ground up and processed into a material called Nike Grind. The material will be ¬†used to resurface city sports and playground surfaces.

The first load of the used shoes from Tempe will be loaded Monday, July 21, and shipped to Oregon.

The university coordinated the first collection of discarded shoes on Earth Day 2004 after the environmentally-friendly idea was suggested by City Councilman Ben Arredondo.

Since the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe recycling program was started by Nike in 1993, the company has processed more than 16 million pairs of shoes. The recycled material has gone into more than 170 sports surfaces worldwide.

Shoes can be donated at the following locations in Tempe:

  • Arc Thrift Store, 201 W. Southern Ave., Suite 39.
  • ASU Student Recreation Center, 400 E. Apache Blvd.
  • Kiwanis Recreation Center 6111 S. All-America Way.
  • Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.
  • Tempe South Police Substation, 8201 S. Hardy Drive.
  • University Presbyterian Church, 139 E. Alameda Drive.
  • Westside Multigenerational Center, 715 W. Fifth St.

Another partner in Tempe’s program is the National Recycling Coalition, a nonprofit organization with 4,000 members representing business groups, local and federal governments, environmental groups, and individuals.

For more information about Nike’s recycling program, visit and

Jul 16th, 2008

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