A-Z Recycling Guide -- Shoes
See Clothing and Household Items categories in this directory for more places to take shoes for reuse.
Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials)
6400 Arapahoe Rd. (co-located with ReSource)
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Accepted materials: Shoes are accepted for recycling and reuse. Vehicles that come to CHaRM are charged $3 facility use fee per visit in addition to any per-item fees.
Please visit the CHaRM website for the full list of accepted materials, fees, current hours and more details.
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Services (businesses only)
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Service provided: Collection for all traditional recyclables (mixed paper including bagged shredded paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, scrap metal), hard-to-recycle materials (computers, fax and copier machines, other electronics, plastic bags with a #2 or #4, stretch wrap, #6 white block foam, wooden pallets, textiles, books and paired shoes) and compostables (all food and landscaping waste, uncoated paper products and compostable food service products made from plant materials). Dumpsters, wheeled carts, roll-off boxes, compactors and other collection equipment available. Visit website, call or e-mail for more information. Businesses only.
One World Running
P.O. Box 2223
Boulder, CO 80306
Phone: (303) 473-1314 (Mike Sandrock)
Service provided: Collects running shoes in very good condition for distribution to runners in Cameroon and other countries. Running shoes unsuitable for shipment abroad are donated, through Eco-Cycle, to Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program. Running shoes may be dropped off at Boulder Running Company (2775 Pearl, Boulder), Fleet Feet Sports (2624 Broadway, Boulder) or the Boulder Daily Camera, 1048 Pearl St., Boulder, c/o Mike Sandrock in the sports department.
Green Girl Recycling
Phone: (303) 442-7535
Service provided: Provides residential and commercial curbside pick-up of hard-to-recycle materials in mountain areas for a fee. Visit website for the full list of accepted materials and more information. Green Girl Recycling brings computers to Eco-Cycle's CHaRM for recycling.
Shoes For Sherpas
Service provided: A nonprofit that collects new or "used but still usable" footwear, especially hiking boots, cross trainers, and running shoes which are distributed in Nepal; one of the poorest countries in the world. Some amount of wear is ok as long as there's still some life left in the soles, but please, nothing with holes or other damage. Visit the organization's website for more information about this organization and their drop-off locations in Denver, Boulder, Lyons, Nederland and Estes Park.
Nike Factory Store - Colorado Mills
14500 W Colfax Ave., Ste. 359-B
Phone: (303) 271-1928
Service provided: All brands of athletic shoes are collected at the store above and processed into a grind that is used in athletic courts, tracks, fields and playground surfaces. Visit website for additional drop-off locations.