CLEAN COURTS & A CLEAN CONSCIOUS: TENNIS BALL RECYCLING
RECYCLING TENNIS BALLS? YES!
There are 125 MILLION tennis balls sold annually in the US
There are 250 THOUSAND tennis courts in the US
It is estimated that it takes 450 YEARS for a tennis ball to decompose
There is an average of 2 HUNDRED balls discarded monthly per park
Tennis players typically open a can of 3 BALLS for each match
If something can be done to mitigate the problems associated with the sum of discarded tennis balls, it should be done.
Up to 125 million used tennis balls pile up in American landfills every year. This does not happen because tennis players don't care about recycling (they do), but because there are a couple of factors working against recycling.
The general public, and most tennis players, are unaware that the number of discarded tennis balls is astronomical.
Tennis balls cannot be processed with regular recycling methods. To recycle them requires a specific technique to separate the material.
There is finally a national movement to make tennis ball recycling happen. Currently there are two organizations taking donated balls for recycling: Project Green Ball (PGB), a non-profit organization that facilitates recycling, and, reBounces, a company that reuses and/or recycles tennis balls (reBounces offers free shipping; no costs - other than a box - will be incurred for sending balls off to be recycled.)
HOW THE RECYCLED BALLS ARE USED:
Currently used tennis balls are being ground up to be included in alternative recreational surfaces - equestrian arena flooring, for example. Soon recycled tennis balls will be made into tennis courts!
Just like any other recycled product, supply will prompt demand. Once a steady supply of tennis balls is available, more inventive, successful uses will arise. All ‘players’ involved are working diligently to make recycling tennis balls standard practice for players and communities, and finding ways to use the recycled material.
HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN:
For more information about how to initiate a Tennis Ball Recycling Program in your community, contact PGB http://projectgreenball.org to get more information.
NEW RULE TO THE OLD GAME OF TENNIS: RECYCLE!