Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
for Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and the City of Palo Alto

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Shoes - Poor Condition

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.


Oakland accepts this item in your curbside garbage container.

Unusable condition by others.

Piedmont accepts this item in your curbside garbage container.

Unusable condition by others.

Additional Online Resources for Shoes - Poor Condition

  • Recology Recycle My Junk -
    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.
  • Project Sole -
    Depending on condition, redistributes or recycles rubber soles as possible
  • Chaco Sandals Repair Program -
    Resole, replace certain straps (Z versions), unstick straps, shorten straps and replace buckles on Chacos sandals for a fee.
  • Recycle Re Fashion -
    Online circularity maps for textile and shoe recycling to connect manufacturers, recyclers, waste haulers, and thrifts by textile material.
  • Got Sneakers -
    Sneakers/running shoes only. Depending on condition, paired shoes get reused, recycled, or waste to energy (individual shoes).
  • Goodwill San Francisco Bay -
    Clean and dry
  • Sneaker Impact -
    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.

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