Students take a huge step to reduce waste

November 29, 2016

Students take a huge step to reduce waste

Students stepped up during Waste Reduction Week, collecting over 12,100 pairs of shoes during Strathcona County’s shoe drive.

From October 17 to 23 students from Elk Island Catholic, Elk Island Public, New Horizons and École Claudette-et-Denis-Tardif Schools collected shoes that may otherwise end up in the landfill. The 28 participating schools donated over 4,500 kg (10,000 lb.) of shoes with Ministik School collecting the most donations per student. Holy Spirit School collected the most pairs, bringing in 1,659.

Strathcona County sorts the donated shoes. The shoes are then given to local charities to distribute to those who need them most. If the shoes cannot be reused locally, they are sent to Soles4Souls, a global non-profit organization, for reuse and refurbishing by small businesses in developing economies.

Residents can still donate shoes in any state of wear, brand or size at the Broadview Enviroservice Station, Thursdays to Sundays, or Ardrossan Recreation Complex, Glen Allan Recreation Centre and Millennium Place. Please tie or bind the shoes together with elastics.

Further information

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595