The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) urges Highwood residents to donate their unwanted footwear for recycling to keep them out of landfills.
Residents can shed their old, worn, ill-fitting or otherwise unwanted shoes by dropping them off at Highwood City Hall and the Highwood Recreation Center, (SWALCO) said.
Donors are asked to tie laces or rubber band pairs together before drop-off. All shoes -- with the exception of rollerblades, ice skates and winter boots — in any condition will be accepted, whether new or used, spotless or stained.
All sizes and types of shoes — men’s, women’s and children’s and dress, work and casual, and even flip-flops, crocs and sandals — are welcome. Although winter boots cannot be collected, other types of boots -- including hiking, dress, work or rain -- will be accepted. Clogs, slippers, loafers, any athletic shoes and light-up pairs all can be donated.
The City of Highwood said that at least 95 percent of footwear can be recycled or repurposed and thanked citizens in advance for their donations in its “Reuse Those Shoes!” campaign. SWALCO has offered this option for the past decade in an effort to strive for greater sustainability.
Any questions can be directed to SWALCO at 847-336-9340.