Here’s how to keep your old kicks from ending up in a landfill.
Globally, there are more than 24 billion pairs of shoes manufactured annually. Still, most of them end up in landfills or incinerators because there are too many and not enough recycling facilities. Don’t just throw away shoes that you won’t be able to donate to Goodwill or a second-hand store. Instead, you can recycle them now – there are several options available. Give your used sports shoes a second life!
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Old Sole, New Life : Shoe Waste Recycling program
Launched on the 20th of July 2022, ‘Old Sole, New Life’ project aims to address shoe waste recycling by creating an ecosystem and a platform for citizens to responsibly manage their shoes.
‘Old Soles, New Life’, a collaboration between Eco Knights with Dow Malaysia and Life Line Clothing Malaysia (LLCM), will collect old shoes to be repurposed into granules that will be used to build children’s playgrounds or sports surfaces. As a goal, an estimated of 4000 pair of shoes to be collected to be converted to granules for the surface area of the playground.
The first 30 shoe collection points have been provided across Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur as well as Johor. The rubberized part of the shoes will be processed into rubber granules and used to create a safe playground surface.
you can find a complete list of shoe recycling bins in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor here :
So are you ready to give your old sole a new life ?
About EcoKnights :
Established since 2005, EcoKnights® is a registered not-for-profit environmental organization. The organization provides and delivers development and environmental interventions to communities, government agencies, learning institutes and companies. Through smart partnerships and collaborations, EcoKnights® works across transdisciplinary fields to build bridges towards achieving sustainable development for communities and companies.
The article was initially published on 6th August 2022.
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