Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with Community Recycling in supporting their ShoeBox Recycling program. Participating is easy! Bring your gently used shoes to the drop bin in the Zoo's' Nature Shop. Your shoes are then collected by CR and sent to people in communities in need. The many benefits of of you simply cleaning out your closet begin with Elmwood Park Zoo receiving 50¢ per pound of collected shoes. Your old soles bypass the landfill and instead help people and communities all over the globe.

You're encouraged to connect with the people and places that receive your recycled shoes! Write a SoleMate Note to include with your shoes, and you can let their new owner know about where they came from, what they were used for, or even any special memories attached to them. In return, they can write back and CR will contact you with your SoleMate Connection.

So start cleaning out your closets and start looking under your bed for gently used shoes. Every pair you recycle means extra funds for the Zoo, less landfill waste and the potential to connect with a SoleMate!

Below is a list of the types of shoes being collected. For more information, call 610.277.3825 x 275 or email






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