MADISON, NJ - Throughout April there are seven ways to recycle footwear in Madison. Visit any of the town’s five public school or drop off shoes, sneakers and boots at two downtown locations: the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts and the Suburban Shoe Shop.

Sponsored by the Madison Environmental Commission, the fourth annual town-wide shoe drive raises funds for green projects in the schools.

Shoes are sent to Shoebox Recycling, which pays fifty cents a pound for gently used footwear. Wearable shoes are sorted and sent to other countries. Worn shoes are shredded and used for such things as car insulation.

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“Our April shoe drive is about raising funds for green school projects,” says Stephan Stocker, chair of the Madison Environmental Commission. “But it is also about raising awareness that shoes and clothing should not go into the landfill,”

The Environmental Commission drive accepts tied or rubber-banded pairs of shoes, sneakers, boots and cleats. Footwear must be clean. Please do not donate broken shoes, single shoes, rubber flip-flops, slippers, ski boots, ice skates, roller blades or footwear covered in mud.