Anthony Hearps, a carpenter from Tallegalla, shops for work boots before heading out to the Dysart mines.
Anthony Hearps, a carpenter from Tallegalla, shops for work boots before heading out to the Dysart mines. Rob Williams

Sole intent brings back old boots

TOTALLY Workwear stores around Australia are putting the boot into recycling.

In a new program co-ordinated by Save our Soles (SOS), worn-out workboots are being collected at stores including TWW at Booval.

If the boot owner opts to buy a pair of new King Gee boots, he or she will pocket a $15 saving as thanks for recycling.

Ipswich store manager Dianne Ross-Davis said any brand of boot could go into the recycling bin.

Tradies' old footwear then goes through a process that takes used shoes, boots, tyres and other products and turns them into renewable resources.

The rubber component is broken down into granules which are used in new products.



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