STURGIS | Did you know that it can take 50-10 years for an old pair of tennis shoes to degrade in the landfill?

And Americans throw away an estimated 300 million pairs of shoes each year. But the good news is you can keep those shoes out of the landfill and recycle them.

Nike's Reuse A Shoe program breaks down rubber athletic shoes to make them into playground mats, tennis courts and tracks. Sturgis Williams Middle School seventh grader Bridger Gordon is collecting shoes for Nike's program as a 4-H community service project - his goal is to collct 500 pairs.

If you'd like to recycle old tennis shoes, there will be a collection tub at the Sturgis Elementary office/lobby through May 20, as well as a collection bin at the Sturgis Community Center through the month of May. Shoes can be any brand and any condition. They should be athletic shoes - no sandals or flip flops.

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