Since the spring of 2009, UNC Chapel Hill has had a successful partnership with Nike Reuse-A-Shoe, where the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) collected used athletic shoes and Nike recycled them into athletic surfaces and playgrounds. Since the program’s inception, we have collected and recycled over five tons of athletic shoes.
Unfortunately, Nike has decided that it is no longer sustainable for them to support the collection of athletic shoes for the Reuse-A-Shoe program outside of their retail locations. This means that UNC-CH will be unable to continue the collection of athletic shoes on campus, and will be removing the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe bins this summer and sending a final shipment to Nike.
OWRR is searching to find a suitable alternative program for shoe reuse and/or recycling for the campus community. We will notify the campus when this program is in place.
In the meantime, there are two ways you can recycle your shoes through the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program:
- Bring up to 10 pairs of shoes to any Reuse-A-Shoe collection location, which can be found at most U.S. Nike and Converse retail stores. Find your closest Nike retailer here: http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/sl/store-locator/
- You can mail your shoes directly to Nike's recycling facility. Nike cannot pay for shipping costs, and to ensure that the shipping and collection of shoes doesn't negatively offset the environmental benefit of recycling, we encourage you to drop off your shoes at a collection point if possible.
United States Facility:
Nike Grind Processing
3552 Avenue of Commerce
Memphis, TN 38125