Helping the sporting and active lifestyle community to tread lightly.

TreadLightly is a national recycling initiative that takes unwanted sport and active lifestyle footwear and responsibly recycles it here in Australia to give it new life.

110 million shoes make their way to Australian shores each year, yet only 1% are collected and recycled after use.

We need to change that.

The sporting and active lifestyle industry represents approximately one quarter of the total shoes imported into Australia each year. 

As the national representative of the sporting and active lifestyle industry, ASGA has teamed up with leading Australian recycling partner Save Our Soles (SOS) and on an industry-first recycling initiative.

Did you know shoe components can take up to 1000 years to decompose?

Who we are

TreadLightly unites the Australian sporting and active lifestyle community across codes, brands, retailers, manufacturers, athletes, and consumers to reduce its environmental footprint.

By giving consumers, retailers and manufacturers the means to take real action, we’re providing a local solution to the global waste problem and making it easier than ever before for us all to tread lightly. 


Bringing together consumers, athletes, sport enthusiasts and active lifestyle lovers to reduce our collective footprint. 

Do you have any old footwear that you no longer want? 

Simply place your unwanted footwear in one of our collection units located at more than 400+ sports, activewear and footwear retailers across Australia and we’ll do the rest by giving them a new, meaningful life.

The sole cycle

Step 1

Old Sport shoes

Customer drops off pre-loved sports shoes at one of the 400+ collection locations at participating retail locations.

Step 2


Donated footwear is sent to the recycling plant here in Australia for sorting, breakdown and processing.

Step 3

Components extracted

Reusable components are extracted, including rubber, leather and fibres at the recycling facility.

Step 4

New Products

Reclaimed materials are used to manufacture new products such as gym mats, floors and playgrounds.

Products and Uses

Creating new life and new possibilities from preloved sports footwear.

Treadlightly is passionate about driving a truly circular economy – turning old shoes into useful products used right on the shop floor! The recycled crumb is used as change room flooring, anti-fatigue mats as well as for playground and gyms around Australia.  

TreadLightly will continue to work closely with the industry to explore how materials can be directed back into new sports footwear and other products to enable a truly circular economy.

Our Recycling Partners

Stepping up and making it easier for brands to elevate their impact, sustainability and purpose.

TreadLightly is proud to partner with these leading brands to help create a better future.

Partner with us

Consumers are increasingly choosing brands that advocate greater sustainability, responsibility and transparency.

If you want to be part of a credible, recognisable and government-backed solution to the sporting and active lifestyle industry’s waste problem, contact us to find out more. It’s time to tread lightly! 

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Treadlightly is operated by The Australian Sporting Goods Association, a not-for-profit membership organisation governed by a board of directors with an independent chair. All surplus funds are to be used for the association’s objectives and cannot be distributed to its members.

The ASGA Board is made up of a minimum of nine Directors, and each whom serve a two-year term. Three directors representing retail members, elected for a two-year term at the Annual AGM on a staggered basis.

Representing brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, ASGA is the sector’s leading voice. Since forming in 1981, we remain focused on our mission to nurturing our dynamic industry and the membership base that we proudly represent & actively advocate.

Recycling Partners

Treadlightly is an industry-led initiative powered by the following partnerships.

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