Running shoes make great playgrounds.
As a recycled product, running shoes can also be used to make basketball court padding, soccer fields, and running tracks according to the City’s Bureau of Sanitation.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl thought this was a great way to promote more exercise and green our communities, which is why he is offering this new recycling program right here in the 11th District.
Thanks to our Solid Resources Citywide Recycling department, a special collection bin can be found at the Westchester Municipal Building.
The shoes you donate are sent to a processing center in Memphis, Tenessee. This is where the shoes are cut into three slices – rubber outsole, foam midsole and fiber upper. The sliced pieces are then fed through grinders and purified. The exact use for each part of the shoe is explained here. Interesting stuff, indeed!
Constituents can recycle their running shoes at Rosendahl’s Westchester office , which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those interested in greening a play area in their neighborhood can apply here.