From January 9 – February 15, 2013, River Metals Recycling (RMR) Louisville sponsored a successful shoe drive to benefit WaterStep.  WaterStep is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky focused on providing training and technology to save lives at risk from water borne illnesses throughout the world.  (www.waterstep.org)To help alleviate the world’s water crisis, WaterStep has developed a simple, sustainable, and efficient chlorine generator that produces up to 10,000-gallons of safe water per day using a handful of table salt and a 12-volt battery.  Through electrolysis the salt is converted to chlorine gas, which is then pumped into contaminated water killing more than 99.9% of bacteria and parasites.  WaterStep couples this technology with water purification, health and hygiene training to those in need.

Along with private and corporate donations, funding for WaterStep projects comes from an ongoing shoe recycling and exporting program that involves collecting and reselling new and used shoes.  In support of the shoe recycling and exporting program, RMR Louisville offered customers who brought in a pair of gently used shoes an additional $0.05 pound for all non-ferrous or an extra $10 a net ton for all ferrous materials.  This customer incentive, coupled with donations from RMR employees, RMR Louisville collected an entire Gaylord Box of shoes.  RMR delivered the shoes to WaterStep on February 18th.

With the help from supporters like RMR, WaterStep has installed approximately 836 mini-water treatment plants; repaired approximately 80 hand pumps; and trained approximately 5,395 people in water purification, health and hygiene.

River Metals Recycling’s culture and philosophy revolves around being good neighbors in and giving back to the communities in which we do business.  This 2013 shoe drive to benefit WaterStep is an example of RMR’s commitment to do the right thing and give back.   RMR would like to thank all those who participated in this successful shoe drive.