If you ever wondered what to do with your old athletic shoes, an Owens Community College student organization has an alternative for you to consider before throwing them in the garbage.
The Environmental Club, along with Owens faculty and staff, have coordinated a Sneaker Recycle Drive Tuesday-Thursday, November 13-15 on the College's Toledo-area and Findlay Campuses.
Anyone with old athletic shoes or sneakers can bring them to one of the many marked bins placed throughout both campuses. Among the Owens buildings with bins in their entrances are College Hall, Student Health and Activities Center, Administration Hall, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building and the Findlay Campus.
"The recycled sneakers can be used to make new running tracks, basketball or tennis courts, playground surfaces and carpet padding," said Jennifer Huber, Owens Industrial Operations Lab Technician and Environmental Club Advisor. "By donating your old shoes, you are allowing companies to recycle materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Every part of each shoe is recycled or re-used in some way."
The Recycle Drive will end on Thursday at 2 p.m.
Donated shoes should be tied in pairs. For more information, call (567) 661-7826 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7826.
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