Shoe Recycling Program Underway for 2013-2014

ShoeBox RecyclingOur Shoe Recycling program is continuous, running year-to-year and throughout the summer. It has turned out to be an important source of funding for the team, and we’re proud of what we’ve done to help the environment. A huge Raider Robotix thank you goes out to everyone who has made it possible though their donations.

If this is the first you’re hearing about our shoe drive, the concept is simple. Everyone has old shoes they’re no longer using. Maybe they’re outgrown, maybe they’re out of style, maybe you just don’t like them anymore. Still, those shoes are serviceable and you just feel rotten throwing them out. So there they are, taking up valuable space in the bottom of the closet, year after year.

Here’s what to do. Give them to us! We’ve partnered with Shoebox Recycling who recycles them to those in need. We collect and ship the shoes in exchange for cash, which goes directly to supporting the team. It’s a win-win-win-win proposition!

We accept all kinds of shoes – men’s, women’s, kids, as long as they’re complete pairs and reusable and re-wearable. Athletic shoes, dress shoes, casual shoes, work boots, sandals, heels, flats…. it’s all good. There are a few, though, that can’t be accepted. Flip flops, crocs, skates, etc. Here’s a cool color flyer that has all the details.

Okay, you’ve decided that yes, you can help us by donating your footwear. How do you get it to us? That’s easy, too! Simply email us ( and we’ll take it from there.

Maybe you’re wondering if you can take it to the next level. After all, if you have unwanted shoes in your closet, it’s likely your friends, family and co-workers do too. And the answer is yes, you can! We can arrange to get an attractive box to make collection easy. (See that flyer for a picture.) Then email us and we’ll get it picked up.

Did you notice the other flyer we use to publicize the program? We’ve got one of these in Microsoft Word format that you can customize or personalize. The blue box in the upper right corner is a perfect place for your own message, for example, The Acme Widget Corporation is proud to support Raider Robotix – FRC Team 25 by recycling used footwear! Donate today!

Thank you again for helping us with this most successful program. Over the years we’ve shipped thousands of pounds of shoes. It’s good for you, good for us, good for the planet AND its people.

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