Village of Gurnee Reuse-A-Shoe Collection



The Village of Gurnee has partnered with SWALCO to begin a year-round Reuse-A-Shoe collection. The Reuse-A-Shoe program collects unwanted shoes for reuse and recycling. An estimated 85% or more of unwanted shoes end up in landfills. The Reuse-A-Shoe program can recycle or reuse 95% or more of the materials from collected shoes. All types, sizes and brands of footwear are accepted, including:

  • Dress shoes
  • Casual shoes
  • Work shoes/boots
  • Sandals
  • Athletic shoes
  • Slippers and slip-ons
  • Crocs
  • Boots (except winter boots)
  • Light-up shoes and cleats
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Ice skates, rollerblades, winter boots, moldy shoes or badly damaged shoes in pieces/missing soles


There are two collection locations: Village Hall (325 N. O'Plaine Road, inside the entry doors) and outside of Fire Station 2 (6851 Dada Drive, near the textile collection box). Please make sure to keep shoes in pairs by tying them together, rubber banding or bagging together. For more information on the program and a list of accepted items, please see the SWALCO website.