Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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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
Sports Basement (SF Presidio) 610 Old Mason St San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
TranSports 6014 College Ave. Oakland Recycle Free Drop-off very poor condition running shoes for recycling collection
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).
On The Run 1310 Ninth Ave. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off On The Run can only accept a small quantity of gently used athletic or walking shoes as there is a space constraint in the store. The shoes will eventually be donated to charities.
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).
Sports Basement (SF Stonestown) 3251 20th Ave
Suite 390
San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off
DSW Stores DSW
43530 Christy Street
Fremont Recycle Free Drop-off Donated shoes go into micro-enterprise programs in developing countries around the world. They are sorted and, together with our partners, we determine where they need to be sent to make the most impact. Yes, we do accept single shoes. All styles, types and sizes of shoes, as long as they are gently worn for reuse or they will be recycled.
Recology Recycle My Junk San Francisco Recycle Free Pick-up, Pick-up for a Fee SF Residents: A free appointment to pick up dry textiles does not count toward your one free bulky item pickup per year. SF Businesses: Appointments must be scheduled to collect all dry textiles from your business. Clearly label your boxes or bags \"Textiles\" so crews can keep these items separate from other boxed or bagged small items.
Sports Basement (San Ramon) 1041 Market Place San Ramon Recycle Free Drop-off
Sports Basement (Walnut Creek) 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd Walnut Creek Recycle Free Drop-off
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
EkoLinq 4300 Black Ave
#5486
Pleasanton Recycle Free Pick-up
Tri-CED Community Recycling 33377 Western Ave. Union City Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts clean ripped, stained, worn fabric/clothing is resold on the textile market, for the rags market or carpet padding/seat stuffing.
Recycle for Change (Angel Wash House) 5205 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Road Runner Sports (Berkeley) 1326 Tenth St
(behind REI)
Berkeley Recycle Free Drop-off running shoes/sneakers only. All heavily used and damaged footwear is recycled to reuse materials or to convert waste into new energy.
Nike Factory Store - Livermore Valley Paragon Outlets 3202 Paragon Outlets Drive
Suite 3202
Livermore Recycle Free Drop-off Accepts all brands of althletic shoes. Can drop-off ten pairs at a time at customer service.
Recycle for Change (B&J Burgers) 6202 3rd St. San Francisco Recycle Free Drop-off Clean and dry; bagged to stay clean and dry.
Nike Clearance Store - San Leandro 1275 Marina Dr
(Drop-off Bin inside Nike Clearance Store)
San Leandro Recycle Free Drop-off Nike Reuse-A-Shoe collection. Accepts all brands of althletic shoes. Can drop-off ten pairs at a time at customer service.
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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