White Plains Business Improvement District

Donate Your Old Shoes in White Plains This April

We all have them. An old pair of shoes (or two or three) lying on the floor somewhere in the back of our closets, getting dustier by the week. The City of White Plains is challenging residents to reach in to their closets – all the way to the very back – dig out those old dusty shoes, and donate them to a Citywide shoe recycling effort as part of the City’s celebration of Earth Day. This month-long green effort is underway and will culminate on April.


This is the sixth year the City will undertake a shoe collection and recycling drive. Over the past five years, working together with local businesses, religious organizations, neighborhood associations and schools, we collected over 20,000 pairs of shoes. These shoes were diverted from the waste stream and went on to find a new life where they are greatly needed. The City has once again partnered with Soles for Souls (www.soles4souls.org) on this recycling initiative. 


In recognition of this achievement, Soles for Souls sent over 200 pairs of brand new shoes to White Plains to redistribute here in our own community. Our goal this year is to get that total number up to 25,000 pairs of shoes collected.


Donating your shoes couldn’t be easier. There is now a dedicated Soles for Souls Bin located at the Gedney Recycling Facility. In addition collection boxes are conveniently located in these public buildings for drop off during regular business hours:


  • City Hall:255 Main Street
  • Library:100 Martine Avenue
  • Youth Bureau:11 Amherst Place
  • Gillie Recreation Center:11 Gedney Way
  • Ebersole Skating Rink:110 Lake Street
  • Ed House, 5 Homeside Lane


In addition, the White Plains School District is again partnering with the City to aid in our recycling efforts.  Families with children in the public schools will be able to drop off shoes at the Soles for Souls drop boxes located in each school building.


Shoes will be sorted over the weekend of April 21-22 at the Gedney Recycling Facility. If you would like to donate your time to a worthy cause, you can help with sorting and bagging shoes for shipment. Please email Jill Iannetta at jiannetta@whiteplainsny.gov .


Spring is coming; so clean out those closets and do something good for our environment at the same time!