Dedham Charity Helps Recycle Sneakers

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local charitable is asking people to think twice before they toss out their old sneakers.

Just inside the main branch of the Dedham Public Library, the Dedham Junior Women's Club has a large box across from the checkout desk, collecting sneakers to help the environment.

"Nike has a program called Nike Grind. They take back sneakers and they take the soles and re-grind them for other purposes" explained DJWC member Jean Lyons Martens.

The sneaker giant has run this program for the last three decades, and soles are recycled to become fields, tracks, and playgrounds.

You can recycle old shoes at any Nike store, but the DJWC is hoping the convenience of the library drop-off will encourage locals to take advantage of the eco-friendly program.

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