The City of White Plains is challenging residents to reach in to their closets – all the way to the very back – to dig out those old dusty shoes, and donate them to a City wide shoe recycling effort as part of the City’s celebration of Earth Day. This month-long green effort is underway and will culminate the weekend of April 28-29 at Gedney Recycling Yard.

This is the sixth year the City will undertake the shoe collection and recycling drive. In past years, working together with local businesses, religious organizations, neighborhood associations and schools, the city collected over 15,000 pairs of shoes. These shoes were diverted from the waste stream and went on to find a new life where they are greatly needed.

The City has once again partnered with Soles for Souls ( on this recycling initiative. The goal this year is to get that total number up to 20,000 pairs of shoes collected. At that level of contribution Soles for Souls brings their mission full circle back to White Plains by distributing new shoes to those in need in our own community.

Thank you for your consideration.