Sustainable Berkeley Heights’s Summer Shoe Drive

(above) The Berkeley Heights community contributed 132 pairs of shoes to be donated to those in need.

Sustainable Berkeley Heights’s Collects Big During Summer Shoe Drive

Submitted by Kimberly Diamond

Sustainable Berkeley Heights collected 132 pairs of sneakers, sandals, boots, and other footwear during its summer shoe drive. Collectively, the shoes totaled 160.6 pounds. These sneakers, sandals, boots, and other footwear are finding their way to those in need, rather than taking up space in a landfill.

According to BusinessGreen, it takes at least 50 years for shoes to decompose in a landfill, and when they do decompose, they release into the environment harmful chemicals that resided in the glue, rubber, and other materials used in the shoes’ construction. By participating in this shoe drive, the Berkeley Heights community has taken a small step in doing its part to address this issue. Sustainable Berkeley Heights thanks friends and neighbors who contributed their shoes.

For additional information about this shoe drive and other events in which Sustainable Berkeley Heights is involved, please visit

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