October 17, 2012

Owens Environmental Club to Host Shoe Collection Drive, Oct. 17-31

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College’s Environmental Club is encouraging area residents to bring their used shoes, previously destined for the overcrowded landfills, to the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses in support of environmental awareness as the student group hosts a Shoe Collection Drive, Oct. 17-31.

“Owens Community College is proud to provide an outlet in which area residents can donate their worn-out shoes, previously bound for dumpsters and landfills,” said Brad Fields of Toledo, Owens student and Environmental Club President. “I encourage individuals to help in supporting the environment by dropping off their shoes.”

The shoe collection drive initiative is part of a collaborative effort with USAgain. Founded in 1999, the environmental organization is committed to providing consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is then diverted from landfills for recycling or resale in the United States as well as abroad.

At the collection drive’s conclusion, all shoes will be presented to Erek Hansen of Curtice to assist with his personal goal of promoting environmental conservation and awareness. Earlier this year, the Environmental Club presented over 500 denim materials to Hansen as part of a collection drive initiative with the “COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN. ®” program.

All types of shoes will be accepted as part of the collection drive. Donated shoes will either be reused or processed and recycled into material used in synthetic turf, playgrounds, running tracks, tennis courts, rubber mats and filling for car insulation.

Owens has set up a variety of collection points around the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Area residents can drop off their shoes on the Toledo-area Campus at the Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Bookstore. On the Findlay-area Campus, collection points are in the College’s Atrium area.

For more information about the collection drive, or to donate, call (567) 661-7583 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7583.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.