• April
  • Community-wide

The 712 Initiative’s Shoe Recycling Drive is a local shoe collection effort in partnership with elementary schools and local businesses. The drive is hosted each year to help divert thousands of shoes from our local landfill, as it takes shoes about IMG 83911,000 years to decompose. Shoe and clothing waste makes up 65.7% of content in landfills.

The 712 Initiative partners with Funds2Orgs in order to help provide a solution for this waste issue. Every shoe donated is reused in some way (reused, recycled, repurposed). In addition, our organization receives a financial donation for all the shoes we collect. You are not only saving the planet but you are supporting a local nonprofit!

Help us save shoes from the landfill and start bundling & bagging them today!

We are always looking for community partners to expand the reach of this program.  If you are interested in hosting a collection site please email our Director of Programming & Events (Jeff Snow – jsnow@the712initiative.org)


The 712 Initiative will be hosting public drop-off at their office at 1228 S Main St on weekdays from 9am – 5 pm starting Thursday, April 22 and going through Friday, May 14.

There will also be drop offs available at Farmers Market Council Bluffs on Thursdays, May 6 and 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

When dropping off shoes we ask that pairs of shoes be either tied or rubber banded together. 

Additional public drop off sites:

Charles E. Lakin YMCA – 235 Harmony St
Home Style Laundry & Dry Cleaners – 900 Woodbury Ave #13b

Iowa West Sports Plex – 3260 Mid America Dr

John Dresher Agency – American Family Insurance – 1705 McPherson Ave
Judd Knispel – State Farm Insurance – 1860 Madison Ave #2
NP Dodge Real Estate – Council Bluffs office – 1032 Woodbury Ave