Thursday, February 16, 2017

Smelly Shoe Collection

Each year during the month of February my library serves as a collection site for the Boone County Solid Waste Management District (BCSWMD for short, kind of) Smelly Shoe Collection REUSE Heart & Sole Shoe Collection.  Unwanted, neglected shoes can be donated to the BCSWMD and they find new feet to go in them!

If the shoes aren't suitable for new feet, they can be recycled so they don't end up in landfills!

But the best part. . . is they bring all kinds of interesting smells to the library.  Each day I pass by the bags and my super-sensitive and curious feline nose learns new smells.  Some of these shoes have spent a lot of time outside, and some come from farms, and some are work shoes that used to go to offices and factories and stores and restaurants, and some have played basketball and gone to the gym.  

We have TWO bags full!
Mind you, the humans staff with their inferior noses can't smell these wonderful smells.  (They aren't complaining.)

I think that this is a fantastic effort by the people at the BCSWMD, even if their organization name is too long to type out more than once.  

However, they delivered the supplies for the Smelly Shoe Collection in this bag:

Neat bag!!
I was horrified.  Do you see it????

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Recycled PET!!!!  I am very supportive of recycling and all, but this has gone too far, people.  I'm going to write a letter to the BCSWMD bosses and. . .

. . . hang on a minute.

Oh.

Okay.

So, someone just told me that PET is short (for real, short) for polyethylene terephthalate, which is especially long for plastic.  So the bag is made from 100% recycled plastic, with is a good thing, not 100% recycled pets, which is a weird (and creepy) thing.

In that case, I can relax.

Relaxing.
If you have any shoes, smelly or otherwise, you can bring them to my library by February 22!

Purrs,

Chance

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Good thing someone shared the correct info with you so you could sleep at night. That IS a scary thought!

Laila and Minchie said...

Your nose must be all worn out smelling those wonderful show smells!

Summer said...

I wish they had something like that here - my human just threw out a bunch of old boots that were too beat up to wear anymore, or that were hurting her feet.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

dood !!! whoa....we wooda thinked de same thing... see in de werd PET ther....cranbereez ~~~~ glad that waz solved for domesticz everee wear ~~~~~~~~~ that iz weerd N creepee .........eeega

hay .... but total lee awesum thoz shooz can keep on walkin...ore knot...what a grate eye dea !!

heerz two a uaru kinda week oh end; himz act shoo a lee a prette awesum fish; see ya twoozday ! ♥♥♥

Jans Funny Farm said...

Oh, that would be such a delight. New smells. We'd donate Jan's shoes but it's a long hike there, so we'll just wish you a successful shoe drive. And it's a good thing they aren't recycling real pets, isn't it!

John Bellen said...

What a lovely load of smells such bags bring to your powerful nose, Chance - though you certainly could have done without that 'pet' scare.

Sabrina Steyling said...

Whew! I'm so glad you found out that bag is made of recycled plastic and not recycled pets! I think the smelly shoe collection is pretty neat! I hope your library gets even more bags full of shoes!

Tails from the Foster Kittens said...

I would have freaked out about the recycled pet too!!

Btw, a belated Happy Hoodie Hoo Day!