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Fact: 300 million pairs of reusable shoes are tossed into landfills each year

Fact: 300 million pairs of reusable shoes are tossed into landfills each year

300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills each year. Recyclebank and ShoeBox Recycling are looking to lower that number with a program that rewards shoe recycling. Photo: Flickr When you’re combing through a thrift store, perhaps you wonder about an item’s previous owners. Why did they get rid of it? Was it beloved or barely used? A new partnership aims to help answer this question for new owners of used footwear in developing countries, putting them in the shoes of the donator, both literally and figuratively. Reuse is a main draw when it comes to thrift shopping, and it’s also the objective for recycling purveyors Recyclebank , the company that incentivizes recycling with deals and discounts from local and national businesses, and ShoeBox Recycling , a for-profit Pennsylvania shoe recycler. Together, the two businesses are partnering to reward the public for recycli...

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