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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




Congratulations City of Milwaukee residents!  For the fifth straight year, our recycling totals continue to increase, thanks to your strong participation in DPW’s curbside/alley collection program.  Household recycling weights have increased 20% over this five-year period.


Beginning in May 2014, the City of Milwaukee partnered with Waukesha County communities to renovate and repair a recycling facility capable of sorting, baling and shipping 60,000 tons of plastics, glass, paper and cans each year. The facility, located in the Menomonee Valley,  is now a state-of-the-art single-stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).


Read about these highlights and more in the 2014 Annual Residential Recycling Report.