WVU-P And Nike Team Up To Make Communities And Playgrounds Greener

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg is launching an initiative to help make the area greener--- but they'll need your old sneakers to do it.

WVU-P and the City of Parkersburg have teamed up with Nike for 'ReUse a Shoe,' a recycling effort that turns old tennis shoes into playground materials. The group project comes from WVU-P's Applied Environmental Psychology class and, as student organizers say, will use every part of the tennis shoes donated in an attempt to make a greener play area.

"The cloth will be used for tennis courts. The padding in the tennis shoe will be used as padding under basketball courts," says Ashley Buskirk. "And the ground up sole is to be used on track surfaces and such. So, the use and recycle every part of the tennis shoe."

Buskirk says she hopes to see over 500 pairs of shoes collected.

No damp or muddy shoes can be accepted for donation. No metal, cleats, dress shoes or flips-flops are eligible for donation. Any brand sneaker, not just Nike, can be dropped off at any of the area donation sites.

Donation Sites:

300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg

Parkersburg YMCA
1800 30th Street, Parkersburg

PHS Field House
2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg

Parkersburg Fire Department, Station 4
WV Ave & Emerson Ave, Parkersburg

Parkersburg Fire Department, Station 5
1715 Blizzard Dr, Parkersburg

Stout Memorial United Methodist Church
3329 Broad Street, Parkersburg