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Donate your Old Shoes to Have Them Recycled into Running Tracks and Playgrounds

by Voices Wellness 04 Aug 2021
Photo: Unsplash

Give your old shoes a new lease of life by donating them to Sport SG. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.

Whether you’re a sneakerhead or not, a glance into your shoe cabinet might just reveal countless pairs of old and underutilised kicks. If you’ve got no more use for them, why not donate them for the greater good?

Sport SG has launched a shoe waste collection programme aptly themed “Old Shoe, New Future.” The nationwide effort aims to recycle used sports shoes and turn them into materials that can be used for jogging tracks, fitness corners, playgrounds, and even sporting equipment in Singapore. This is in line with the city-state’s agenda to build a more sustainable future for the next generation.

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According to the organisers, accepted donations include all sorts of rubberised shoes, including sports shoes, school shoes, and football boots (without metal studs). Rubberised slippers and sandals that don’t have metal parts can be donated as well. Before bringing them to a collection point, do check that these shoes are dry and generally clean as soiled shoes can cause contamination in the process. Once collected, these shoes will be sent to a grinding facility and turned into granular material for use.

To give your old shoes a new lease of life, donate them at over 80 locations including stadiums, schools, and Decathlon outlets.

Collection points include the following:

  1. Bedok Stadium
  2. Bishan Sport Centre
  3. Bukit Gombak Sport Centre
  4. Clementi Sport Centre
  5. Choa Chu Kang Sport Centre
  6. Heartbeat @ Bedok Sport Centre
  7. Hougang Sport Centre
  8. Jalan Besar Sport Centre
  9. Jurong East Sport Centre
  10. Jurong West Sport centre
  11. Kallang Practise Track (Home of Athletics)
  12. Pasir Ris Sport Centre
  13. Queentowns Sport Centre
  14. Tampines Sport Centre (Our Tampines Hub)
  15. Toa Payoh Sport Centre
  16. Sengkang Sport Centre
  17. Serangoon Sport Centre
  18. Yio Chu Kang Sport Centre
  19. Yishun Sport Centre
  20. Woodlands Sport Centre
  21. Decathlon Singapore Lab
  22. Decathlon Bedok
  23. Decathlon City Square Mall
  24. Decathlon Orchard
  25. Decathlon Joo Koon
  26. There are also over 60 schools with collection points, but these are only open to staff and students.

    More information here.

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