Can Rubber Boots Be Recycled?

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Rubber boots are practical to wear but difficult to recycle.
Rubber boots are practical to wear but difficult to recycle. (Image: rubber boots image by cvrgrl from Fotolia.com)

Rubber boots keep feet dry in the rain and when working near water. But eventually they split, crack or just wear out, or become too small. What's an ecologically minded rubber boot lover to do? Rubber boots are typically not recyclable. Most recycled rubber is from tires and transformed into playground covering, floor mats, mulch and other products. Rubber boots can, however, be re-purposed.

Boots to Planters

Turn old rubber boots into planters by filling a boot with soil and seeds.

Watch seeds sprout from a rubber boot.
Watch seeds sprout from a rubber boot. (Image: THE PLANTER image by brelsbil from Fotolia.com)

Boots to Shoes

Cut off the top-portion of the boot to create rubber garden shoes.

Dress Up a Scare Crow

Old rubber boots find new purpose on a scare crow.

Give old rubber boots to a scare crow.
Give old rubber boots to a scare crow. (Image: scarecrow image by Olga Chernetskaya from Fotolia.com)

Kittens Love Boots

An old rubber boot can entertain a rambunctious kitten.

Any old boot can become an inexpensive cat toy.
Any old boot can become an inexpensive cat toy. (Image: cat in the boot image by Kavita from Fotolia.com)

Share and Donate

Rubber boots make mud puddles more fun. Re-use outgrown rubber boots by sharing with friends or donating to others who can enjoy them.

Rubber boots can be shared with friends.
Rubber boots can be shared with friends. (Image: betises image by galam from Fotolia.com)

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