Take your unused, outgrown or worn out shoes to the Shoe Recycling Event in Dakota County.
If you’ve been on a purging and cleaning streak like I have lately, maybe you’ve found some extra shoes and/or boots at home. Chances are if you have kids, you can find several pairs that are outgrown.
Gather those extra shoes and boots and drop them off at the upcoming Shoe Recycling Event in Dakota County. The event will take place the week of November 15 – 22, 2021. All bins will be outside and open 24/7.
Shoes in good condition will be cleaned up and reused by giving to those in need. Shoes that are no longer in good condition will be separated and the parts such as rubber and textiles will be recycled.
This is an event where even the shoes that are beyond the “use again” stage will find a use. Shoes take up space in landfills and don’t break down as easily as clothing and other apparel items do.
Where and when can you drop off shoes?
Apple Valley Community Center
14603 Hayes Rd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Burnsville Civic Center Amphitheater *New location!!*
251 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
Eagan Civic Arena
3870 Pilot Knob Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
Lakeville Fire Station 1
20190 Holyoke Ave.
Lakeville, MN 55044
America Recycles Day (November 15) is a nationally recognized day started by Keep America Beautiful dedicated to encouraging individuals and organizations alike to recycle and buy recycled products. Even if you don’t live in or around Dakota County, you may find similar events taking place in your area. Ask around or check your local newspaper!
Here are a few places we found that will also take your shoes:
- Nike Stores accept any brand of athletic sneakers for recycling.
- Fleet Feet Minneapolis collects used athletic shoes for reuse in the local community.
- Soles4Souls accepts all styles and sizes of new or gently-worn shoes for reuse. Drop-off spots are located all over the state.
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Laura is a former high school English teacher turned avid deal shopper following the birth of her first child. Now she’s a work-from-home mom of six which keeps her plenty busy!
Laura grew up in southern Minnesota and has called the Twin Cities home for over fifteen years. On the off chance she gets some free time you’ll find her with her nose in a book, spending time with family and friends, or enjoying a hot cup of coffee.