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Shoes - Poor Condition

Shoes for donation should be in good condition for reuse. Consider bringing shoes to a local cobbler to transform your shoes through stretching, cleaning, resoling, polish, and strap/buckle repair/replacement to bring you joy once more.

Poor condition looks different to different folks. Tie or rubber band pairs of shoes so they stay together and donate them for possible reuse or recycling.

Vendors

Vendor Address City Destination Disposal Method Notes
Zara (Walnut Creek) 1275 Broadway Plaza Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
Sports Basement (Berkeley) 2727 Milvia St. Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off
Got Sneakers 6250 NW 35th Ave Miami Recycle Buyback Mail-in Sneakers/running shoes only. Depending on condition, paired shoes get reused, recycled, or waste to energy (individual shoes).
I:CO I:CO Partner local store: H&M Bay Street Emeryville
5630 Bay St
Emeryville Recycle Free Mail-in Informational website. Logistics company for brands wanting to set up textile recycling collection in stores. More than 40 retail partners with bins in stores.
Sports Basement (SF Stonestown) 3251 20th Ave
Suite 390
San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Sports Basement (San Ramon) 1041 Market Place San Ramon Recycle Free Drop-off
Northface Outlet 1238 Fifth St Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off, Buyback Drop-off Accepts Northface apparel and gear only for Renewed processing. See website. Join XPLR Pass™ and when you trade in your old gear, you’ll receive a $10 credit, valid online and in stores*.
Sports Basement (Walnut Creek) 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
Recycle Re Fashion Oakland Recycle Free Mail-in Online circularity maps for textile and shoe recycling to connect manufacturers, recyclers, waste haulers, and thrifts by textile material.
Converse Clearance Store (San Leandro) 1247 Marina Blvd San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off athletic shoes in poor condition for recycling
Sneaker Impact Miami Recycle Free Mail-in Sneakers only. Worn-out sneakers are collected and ground into granules, ready for transformation. AI technology sorts the granules into different material categories. Opportunities to craft new products from our extracted materials.
Sports Basement (Sunnyvale) 1177 Kern Ave Sunnyvale Recycle Free Drop-off
ReUse A Shoe NikeGrind Drop-off (San Leandro) 1247 Marina Blvd
Converse Factory Store (Marina Square Center)
San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off sneakers in poor condition. to be recycled. do not donate sneakers in good condition. donate for reuse instead elsewhere.
Recycle for Change (Angel Wash House) 5205 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Sports Basement (Redwood City) 202 Walnut St Redwood City Recycle Free Drop-off
Project Sole 2156 Chenault Dr Carrollton Recycle Free Drop-off Depending on condition, redistributes or recycles rubber soles as possible
Recycle for Change (B&J Burgers) 6202 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Sports Basement (SF Bryant St) 1590 Bryant St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
Nike 278 Post St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program. Drop-off at customer service on the 5th floor. Can drop-off up to ten pairs of any brand athletic shoe at a time. Nike is unable to recycle sandals, dress shoes, boots, or shoes with metal (like cleats or spikes).
Recycle for Change (MLK Middle School) 350 Girard St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.

Curbside Service

Garbage Note
Alameda
Unusable condition by others.
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Albany
Unusable condition by others.
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Berkeley
Unusable condition by others.
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Castro Valley Sanitary District
Unusable condition by others.
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Dublin
Unusable condition by others.
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Emeryville
Unusable condition by others.
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Fremont
Unusable condition by others.
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Hayward
Unusable condition by others.
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Hayward (Oro Loma - L2)
Unusable condition by others.
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Livermore
Unusable condition by others.
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Newark
Unusable condition by others.
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Oakland
Unusable condition by others.
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Piedmont
Unusable condition by others.
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Pleasanton
Unusable condition by others.
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San Leandro
Unusable condition by others.
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San Leandro (Oro Loma - L3)
Unusable condition by others.
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San Lorenzo (Oro Loma)
Unusable condition by others.
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Unincorporated Oro Loma (L1)
Unusable condition by others.
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Union City
Unusable condition by others.
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