Five Aussie suburbs are leading the way in shoe recycling 

TreadLightly is celebrating five Aussie suburbs that are helping to ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’

For Keep Australia Beautiful Week (15-21 August 2022) TreadLightly is celebrating five suburbs that have ‘outrecycled’ other Australian suburbs by recycling the highest number of old shoes – to help inspire all Australians to step up and reduce their impact on the planet.

TreadLightly is a new national recycling initiative that takes unwanted sport and active lifestyle shoes, giving them new life as useful products like retail flooring, anti-fatigue mats, gym, and playground surfaces.

With shoe components taking up to 1000 years to breakdown, TreadLightly is on a mission to give consumers, retailers and manufacturers an opportunity to take real action and reduce their environmental footprint.

With 600+ collection locations across Australia, TreadLightly works closely with Australia’s leading sport and active lifestyle retailers and has recycled 400,000 pairs of shoes since the program first started, keeping 200,000 kgs of shoes out of landfill.

Australia’s Top 5 Shoe Recycling Suburbs:

DrummoyneNSW20473,2281,614 kgs
MelbourneVIC30003,2181,609 kgs
MaribyrnongVIC30323,1201,560 kgs
BrookvaleNSW21002,9741,487 kgs
DoncasterVIC31082,6521,326 kgs

TreadLightly is powered by The Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) and premium recycler Save Our Soles (SOS). Shaun Bajada, Executive Director, ASGA says that it’s great to see how Australians have responded to the initiative, and would love to see the community jump on board for Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

“Out of our top five suburbs, Victoria is the leading state when it comes to keeping Australia beautiful, followed closely by New South Wales. It would be great to see a little bit of friendly competition and have other Australian states and territories not too far behind,” said Bajada.

“Keep Australia Beautiful Week is the perfect time for Australians to reduce their impact on the environment by doing something as simple as going through their cupboard and dropping off any unwanted shoes at their local collection point,” added Bajada.

To help Keep Australia Beautiful and keep unwanted shoes out of landfill, simply head to one of TreadLightly’s 600+ collection points across Australia. Find your local collection point here:

For any images, further information or to set up interviews with a brand representative, please contact Tara Ballard (contact details: 0436 330 267

About ASGA

The Australian Sporting Goods Association was formed in 1981 to act as the “peak body” representing a broad spectrum of sporting and active lifestyle goods industry participants, including brands, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

ASGA is a leading industry voice on issues impacting the health, trade, taxation, regulation, market research, environmental and sustainability areas of the sporting and active lifestyle industries. It aims to foster the market growth, provide services, and advocate for increased participation in sport and physical activity. ASGA is a leading advocate in the industry and is at the forefront of debate and leads industry opinion.

About Save Our Soles

As Recycling Process Lead, Save Our Soles (SOS) manage all resource reclamation activities, from extraction to end product development. Save Our Soles is committed to ensuring that all Shoes that are imported into Australia and New Zealand are recycled and used in this market. Australia imports approximately 100 million pairs into Australia and New Zealand every year and we have to start reusing this valuable product rather than throwing them into landfill.

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