Take Baby Steps.... and then recycle them!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

About 6 months ago we posted about how the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Gee Gees are working together to recycle running shoes for the renewal of the Matt Anthony sports field.  A couple of weeks after we posted the blog, the first shipment of shoes was sent out to find a second life.

Well, I am here to report to you that the second shipment was sent out just two days ago. I thought it was important to follow up on this story because I personally hate when projects get started and you never hear about them again. It sucks when a program like this is just done once and when all the cameras are gone... it dies. That's not how we like to operate here.

And apparently, neither do you. This second shipment contained hundreds of pairs of shoes; the donations keep rolling in!. I think that there might have even been more shoes this time then there were in the first shipment. The company was more than happy to accept this second round. And just in case you had forgotten what we use these shoes for, they are recycled to create rubber granules to pad the field.

You can find out more at the Field Turf website. Thanks again everyone for giving us your shoes... the shoes raise quite a stink, but we never will. Don't forget, RecycleMania is just around the corner and if you have a pair of shoes that have seen better days, you can donate them to the cause at either of the gyms on campus.


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