Runners Need, the UK running specialists with 34 UK stores, has announced a nationwide trainer recycling scheme that saves runners money and provides an extra do good, feel good factor. Having gone hell for leather in their old trainers, runners can now donate them in exchange for money off vouchers.
The scheme was officially launched at the recent Royal Parks Half Marathon, sponsored by Runners Need. Trainers donated under the initiative #recyclemyrun will be recycled or sent onto countries with a real need for affordable footwear.
Runners who donate a pair of trainers at any of Runners Need’s stores will be rewarded with a £20 voucher against a new pair of trainers from Runners Need. The service will remain in store as a facility that Runners Need provides to the public, allowing them to give their old trainers a good home and hopefully save a few hundred pairs from landfill!
Every day, here in the UK, around 2,000 tonnes of clothing and shoes are sent to landfill. This would bury 720 football pitches in six feet of waste every year. Donated trainers will be collected by the European Recycling Company (ERC) that assists people to recycle their unwanted clothes and footwear, reducing the impact of waste.
ERC CEO Andy Haws says. “We are delighted to be working with Runners Need on this exciting initiative. Recycling your running shoes and trainers is a big step towards minimising the impact that shoe waste has on the environment and together Runners Need and ERC are working to do just that.”
To find out more about the campaign visit the Runners Need website or visit any of the Runners Need stores.