Project recycling shoes to resurface basketball court at homeless shelter

Posted at May 4, 2015 | By : | Topics : Press

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Keep Scottsdale Beautiful wants shoes – 49,000 shoes to be exact.

KSB is encouraging the Valley to “never throw away a shoe” by spearheading the Super Scottsdale Shoe Drive in conjunction with Super Bowl XLIX.

Shoes will be recycled into a resurface material for a basketball court at Family Promise, the only homeless shelter in Scottsdale.

American Textile Recycling Services is partnering in the project, and locally owned Flex Ground will install the recyclable material from shoes for the shelter’s basketball court.

Everyone can participate. Currently, businesses, retailers and various venues have set up collection bins in and around Scottsdale. Bring in your old shoes, new shoes and worn out shoes — any and all shoes — to these participating locations: Sun Run, Prestige Cleaners, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale Insurance, Lifetime Fitness, Scottsdale Leadership Club, Scottsdale Public Libraries and Republic Services.

Kicking the shoe drive into high gear is Fan Fest Scottsdale – Home of the ESPN Live Broadcast, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, where fun, music, food and celebrities all come together to celebrate the week before the big game. KSB will host a booth where everyone is encouraged and welcome to come join in the fun and drop off their shoes.

The shoe counting ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 11 on the Scottsdale Community College football field. All shoes that have been collected will be transported to the football field and counted by volunteers – all 49,000 of them,

This exciting event will shine light on the importance of recycling and sustainability while also lending support to Family Promise.

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