A new school year often means a new pair of running shoes, but what do you do with your old ones?
If they're in good nick you can of course donate them, but if they've been well loved - complete with holes and worn soles - they won't be in a state to pass onto others!
The good news is they can be recycled, thanks to the Save Our Soles Footwear Recycling Initiative. A number of major sporting brands have come together to create this initiative and, best of all, there are local collection points. All you need to do is take your old runners to Rebel Sports stores in either Geelong or Waurn Ponds.
From there they'll be taken to a recycling facility and the reusable shoe components - including rubber, leather and fibres - will be extracted. The reclaimed materials will be used to manufacture new products such as gym mats, floors and playgrounds.
Every year, a whopping 25 million pairs of running shoes end up as landfill in Australia, with shoe components taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. It's a massive waste problem. But you can make a difference by recycling your old runners and encouraging your family and friends to do the same.