• 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 1,000 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 (Amber Quigley – aquigley@the712initiative.org)


The 712 Initiative will be hosting public drop-off at their office at 1228 S Main St on weekdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm during the month of April!

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

Additional public drop off sites:


Athletico Physical Therapy

301 W Broadway Ste 100

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Athletico Physical Therapy

3134 Manawa Centre Drive

Council Bluffs, IA 51501

State Farm – Judd Knispel

1860 Madison Ave #2

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Charles E. Lakin YMCA

235 Harmony St.

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

NP Dodge Real Estate

1032 Woodbury Ave

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Family Inc

3501 Harry Langdon Blvd. Ste 150

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

American Family Insurance – John Dresher

1705 McPherson Ave #GL100

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

TS Bank

3201 W Broadway

Council Bluffs, IA 51501

TS Bank

43 Scott St.

Council Bluffs. IA 51503

TS Bank

15 E Main St.

Treynor, IA 51575

Home Style Laundry and Dry Cleaners

900 Woodbury Ave#13b

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Security National Bank

1707 Madison Ave

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Flat Branch Home Loans

29 S Main St

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Creston House

215 S Main St

Council Bluffs, IA 51503

 Definitions Salon and Spa 

929 Valley View Drive, Suite 2

Council Bluffs, IA 51503


1900 Madison Ave

Council Bluffs, IA 51503