Tennis Ball Recycing Bin

Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department Recycles!

November 30th, 2015

ONE Conscientious Tennis Player CAN make a difference! Meet Dick Korn.

Tennis is a wonderful game. Tennis can be played at any age whether you are 5 years old or 95 years old. It is truly a lifelong sport. Tennis balls also last a life time. Did you know a tennis ball takes 400 years to decompose in the landfill and that 125 million tennis balls get thrown away every year. So, what do you do with all of your old tennis balls? The Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department has the answer with the help of Dick Korn, avid tennis player and recycler. Mr. Korn came to the recreation department with a great idea. Let’s recycle used tennis balls. Mr. Korn stated that tennis balls cannot be processed with regular recycling methods so they get tossed in the landfill. He did his research and brought his findings to the department. Both parties thought it was a great idea and now we have a recycling program in place. There is a company called Retour Tennis that pays to get the balls shipped to them. They then take the balls to their special recycling center that can process the tennis balls. The balls are recycled into various playing surfaces such as playgrounds and even tennis courts!

If you would like to discard your old tennis balls you can do so at the Andrew Wilkinson Tennis Courts located at Rassie Wicker Park, 10 Rassie Wicker Drive. For more information you can contact Dave White, Athletic Coordinator at dwhite@vopnc.org