SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — Worn-out sneakers can find new purpose as part of a new recycling program in Saddle Brook.
Joan Ramsey, secretary for the Department of Public Works, planned a sneaker recycling program for the township. Ramsey is taking recycling coordinator training, a role she'll serve in Saddle Brook, at Rutgers University. Starting a new policy was part of her instruction.
Boxes will be placed around Saddle Brook, likely at town hall, the library and the senior center, for people to drop off slightly worn sneakers.
Ramsey said she picked Dunk Your Kicks from the Max for Cure Foundation because it helps on many levels.
"I just thought it was a fabulous foundation," Ramsey told Daily Voice. "It's not only saving our country, our land from sneakers that are going to be in the landfill for 100 years, it's providing money for research for cancer for children.
"It does so much good for everybody."
The collected sneakers go to underprivileged countries. The shoes are resold with the money providing food, clothing and medicine for military and low income families in the United States who have children with cancer.
Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White said Ramsey's plan had his full support.
"Joan is a very caring and conscientious township employee," White said. "She does a great job as DPW secretary and is going to do an exceptional job as recycling coordinator."
The collection boxes have not been placed in Saddle Brook as of Tuesday but the mayor said their arrival will be advertised on the township's website, Facebook page and local TV channel.
Ramsey said she also hopes to have some students involved in helping collect sneakers.