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City of Milwaukee Shoe Recycling Program

Milwaukee is committed to waste reduction and diversion.

Since 2004, the City of Milwaukee has collected used shoes from numerous locations throughout the metro area.  Through 2014, over 100,000 pairs of shoes have been reused or recycled, saving over 650 cubic yards of landfill space!

NEW!  Your unwanted shoes will be reused or recycled, and you will be helping to reduce waste and conserve resources by keeping them from ending up in a landfill!  Drop off all other types of shoes - except high heels.  Whether they were your lucky running shoes, your comfy old loafers or your favorite sandals, you may drop them off at one of our participating locations.


  • Recycle all types of shoes except for high heels
  • Make sure to bring only pairs no single shoes
  • Tie shoes together by the laces when possible



For more information, contact
Becky Curtis, DPW Recycling Assistant @
414-286-2349 or




2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report

Did you know:  From 2009 to 2013, recycling pounds per Milwaukee household increased by 19.6%, continuing a string of annual increases in tons of recyclables recovered!

Also in 2013, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County signed an intergovernmental agreement to seek proposals for a Regional Recycling System for the Processing and Marketing of Single Stream Recyclables.  The process resulted in signing a second intergovernmental agreement as well as a contract with a company called ReCommunity to jointly process Single-Sort recyclables for the City and County utilizing new, state of the art recycling equipment in the City’s existing building in the Menomonee Valley.  The facility is expected to be operational by spring of 2015.

 Read about these highlights and much more in the 2013 DPW Annual Residential Recycling Report.