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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 athletic shoes from numerous locations throughout the metro area.  Through 2011, over 77,000 pairs of shoes have been recycled, saving over 500 cubic yards of landfill space!

NEW!  We have expanded our program:  In addition to athletic shoes, you may now drop off all other types of shoes, except high heels, keeping even more materials from ending up in the landfill!  Your unwanted shoes will be reused or recycled, and you will be helping to reduce waste and conserve resources.

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.


Operations Division
Room 501
Zeidler Municipal Building
841 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Preston Cole
Director of Operations