A Geelong collection point has become a state leader for a running and sport shoe recycling program, with over 3000 pairs being dropped at the site in under 18 months.
Geelong’s Rebel Sport store is leading collection sites, under the national Save Our Soles initiative which initially began as a Victorian trial.
Since the program’s opening in November 2019, more than one tonne of shoes have been dropped off at the collection point, ranking the site number one out of 79 collection points across Victoria.
ASGA Executive Director Shaun Bajada said the popularity of the collection site is a sign of continued efforts in the Greater Geelong area.
“Geelong is the star of the Save Our Soles program; it continues to perform miles above the rest,” Bajada said.
The program aims to reduce the number of shoes which arrive at landfill sites, with a single pair of shoes taking over 1000 years to fully decompose in landfill.
Save Our Soles founder John Elliott said the industry first program enabled the sporting goods industry to have a united approach to suitability and recycling.
“No region in the world except Australia has got an industry solution to recycle sport shoes,” Elliot said.
“Collaborative and inclusive models like this make the outcome far better.”
The shoe products are collected, then recycled and turned into goods such as mats, running tracks, sport surfaces and rubber flooring.
Across the state over 100,000 pairs of shoes have been recycled.
Shoes are able to be dropped off at these locations:
• Rebel Sport Geelong
• Rebel Sport Waurn Ponds
• SportsPower North Geelong
• Globe Shoes Torquay