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Sport Singapore partnership aims to divert sport shoes away from landfill into building infrastructure

Sport Singapore partnership aims to divert sport shoes away from landfill into building infrastructure
November 18, 2020

Sport Singapore and materials science company Dow have announced a pioneering partnership to divert 300,000 pairs of sport shoes away from landfill into building new sports infrastructure.

Drawing on its technological and research expertise of collaborative solutions, Dow will work with Singapore national sporting agency to transform shoes contributed by members of the community into jogging tracks, fitness corners and playgrounds.

Advising that the project is a first of its kind in Asia, SportSG Chief Executive, Lim Teck Yin advised “this project demonstrates how we can all play a meaningful part in workable real-world solutions that champion sustainability in our fields of endeavour.

“The partnership with Dow has brought ideas and expertise together to encourage collective responsibility in the community to drive positive change - taking the effort to recycle your worn-out shoes can not only contribute to new infrastructure but reduce the load on landfills. We hope that this collaboration will bring about ripple effects with more partners in promoting shared aspirations in sustainability through sport.”

Aiming to recycle 300,000 pairs of used sports shoes and divert them away from the landfill over the next three years, Singapore residents can drop their used sports shoes at any of 30 collection points including participating ActiveSG sport centres and stadiums, Decathlon stores, JD Sports stores and more than 30 education institutions all over Singapore.

According to a by market research company Statista, an estimated 22 million pairs of shoes are sold in Singapore yearly. from the National Environment Agency indicate that 161,000 tonnes of textile and leather waste were disposed of in Singapore in 2019, of which, only 4% was recycled.

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